E.U.’s Sugar Bear on Glenn Shut doing ‘Da Butt’ at Oscars

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In an Oscars ceremony full of surprises, maybe the most important got here when 74-year-old Glenn Shut dropped some detailed data about “Da Butt” — then jumped out of her seat and did the dance that gave the late-’80s go-go traditional its title.

Spun on Sunday by Oscars DJ Questlove as a part of a bit in regards to the awards’ historical past with numerous songs from films, “Da Butt” was recorded by the Washington, D.C., group Expertise Limitless, higher referred to as E.U., for Spike Lee’s 1988 movie “College Daze.” It didn’t rating an Oscar nomination, although the tune topped Billboard’s R&B chart and have become a staple of go-go, the danceable funk fashion that D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser final 12 months designated as Washington’s official music.

As The Occasions reported Sunday, Shut’s participation, together with her name-check of E.U. frontman Gregory “Sugar Bear” Elliot, was scripted prematurely. However that didn’t appear to have dimmed Elliot’s enthusiasm about “Da Butt’s” viral second after we reached him on the telephone at a D.C. recording studio Monday morning.

Experience Unlimited's Valentino "Tino" Gordon Jackson, Gregory "Sugar Bear' Elliot and Kent Wood

Valentino “Tino” Gordon Jackson, Gregory “Sugar Bear’ Elliot and Kent Wooden of E.U. in June 1989.

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Had been you watching the Oscars final evening?
No. Folks referred to as me and informed me to observe it, and I caught it simply in time. I stated, “Wow!”

So clearly you didn’t know in regards to the bit prematurely.
No, I didn’t. In any respect.

Are you pleasant with Questlove?
Yeah, I do know him. I don’t know Glenn Shut although. Effectively, I knew her from “Deadly Attraction,” the film. Nice actress.

Did you care that the bit with “Da Butt” was scripted?
Nah. She did a fantastic job. A girl her age, doing Da Butt like that? Come on, man.

Did you’ve got any sense while you recorded “Da Butt” that it will go on to have such an extended life?
I by no means thought it will be half — not even a fraction as large as it’s. And now it’s nonetheless being performed 32 years later. That’s superb. I thank God for permitting it to occur.

Do you recall any speak again within the day that it ought to’ve been nominated for an Oscar?
We have been Grammy-nominated [for R&B performance by a duo or group with vocal], in order that itself was a mind-blower. To be talked about amongst all of the greats, that proper there was an inspiration.

You have got a favourite tune about butts in addition to “Da Butt”?
Effectively, “Da Butt” is my favourite tune of all time. However you may go from “Da Butt” to “We Are One” by Frankie Beverly & Maze and “Hey Joe” by Jimi Hendrix. I bought all kinds of music in my life.

Any ideas on D.C.’s push for statehood?
It’s method overdue. We paying taxes for what? For nothing. Now we have no voice.

Be ok with your probabilities?
You at all times get that hope. However all I can say is we’ll see.

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