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Posts by John Stanton

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June 18, 2012

A Foe by Any Other Name

Are Republicans unwitting conspirators in the efforts of alien mastermind Lord John Whorfin to do the unthinkable and steal the coveted oscillation overthruster?

Based on the names of some of their highest-profile leaders, one might suspect the GOP has been infiltrated by aliens from the eighth dimension — an us-against-them scenario advanced by the 1984 cult classic “The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension.”
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May 31, 2012

Thousands Say Farewell to Chuck Brown

Thousands of Washingtonians gathered in the heart of the city to sing, dance and say farewell to D.C.’s favorite son, Chuck “The Godfather of Go-Go” Brown.

During a more than three-and-a-half-hour Baptist “home going” at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, local politicians, go-go musicians, celebrities, friends and family feted the late musician, whose Latin-tinged take on funk and soul launched the musical genre known as go-go that would come to define the character of what D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) called “hometown D.C.”

Radio legend Donnie Simpson, master of ceremonies for the raucus event, praised Brown. “Chuck was always about D.C. … His music was for the world, but they had to come get it,” he pronounced to loud applause. Full story

May 30, 2012

Remembering Chuck Brown

Tens of thousands of locals  flocked to the historic Howard Theatre on Tuesday to pay respects to the “Godfather of go-go” Chuck Brown, a Washington, D.C., figure who helped define the city for more than 40 years.
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May 18, 2012

Democrats, Republicans All Give It Up for the Godfather

Washington, D.C., got a lot less funkier this week with the passing of local musical legend and Godfather of Go-Go, Chuck Brown.

Indeed, in a city often sharply divided along class, racial and partisan lines, Brown’s infectious grooves and gravely voice bridged every difference between Washingtonians.

For instance, as news broke of Brown’s passing, Doug Heye, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s (Va.) deputy chief of staff, tweeted, “Chuck Brown, rest in peace. Glad I saw him live and that I bought Bustin’ Loose on 45 when I was a kid. #WindMeUp.”

“Chuck Brown’s funky go-go beat put hometown D.C. on the map, rescuing forever our town from its stolid, gray ‘government town’ image and giving the District of Columbia an identity of its very own.  How many cities in this country have their own sound?” Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) said in a statement Thursday.

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