Trouble Funk

Trouble Funk is an American R&B and funk band from Washington, D.C. The group helped to popularize funk and the subgenre go-go in the Washington metropolitan area. Among the band's well-known songs are the go-go anthem "Hey, Fellas". They released several studio albums including Drop the Bomb, In Times of Trouble, Live, and Trouble Over Here Trouble Over There (UK #54[1]), and two live albums, Trouble Funk: Straight Up Go-Go Style and Saturday Night Live. In 1982, they released a single "So Early in the Morning" on D.E.T.T Records, later reissued on diverse labels as 2.13.61 & Tuff City. Trouble Funk sometimes shared the stage with hardcore punk bands of the day such as Minor Threat and the Big Boys.

Trouble Funk
OriginWashington D.C., United States
Years active1978present
MembersTimothius "Tee-Bone" David
Big Tony Fisher
Past membersEmmett "EJ Roxx" Nixon
Mack Carey
Timothius "Tee-Bone" David
Chester "Boogie" Davis
Big Tony Fisher
James "Doc" Avery
Gerald Reed
Robert "Syke Dyke" Reed
Taylor "Monster Baby" Reed
David Rudd

Trouble Funk's song "Pump Me Up" was sampled by many other artists, including Dimple D's one-hit wonder "Sucker DJ," which went to #1 in Australia, Public Enemy's "Fight The Power", Kurtis Blow's song "If I Ruled The World" and M.A.R.R.S.'s song "Pump Up The Volume". The song is also featured in the film Style Wars and on the fictional R&B radio station Wild Style in the game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.

Keyboard player Robert "Syke Dyke" Reed died at the age of 50 on April 13, 2008, from pancreatic cancer.[2]

Trouble Funk remains on the Washington, DC, area live-music scene.



  1. Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 567. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  2. Sisario, Ben (April 23, 2008). "Robert Reed, Band Keyboard Player, Dies at 50". New York Times.
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