E.U."Livin’ Large.” Virgin.***
Yowl, y’awl. Let’s git LARGE. Big Time big time. For their major-label debut, the D.C.-based veteran “go-go” outfit not only reprises last year’s booty-bustin’ dance sin-sation “Da Butt"--only this time they change the names of the girls mentioned, add a whacked-out Zeppelin cop on the intro and call it “Da Butt ’89"--but also includes its ’88 transmogrification (done in duet with femme rappers Salt-n-Pepa) of the Isley Brothers’ “It’s Your Thing” into “Shake Your Thing.” If you don’t own ‘em already, these two tracks alone would be worth the price of admission.
Butt, if you do, there’s the audaciously bodacious “Shake It Like a White Girl"--clearly the song title of the year, thus far--and the roiling, broiling jook-joint junglebeat of “Shaka Zulu,” which cooks like the proverbial kettleful of missionaries.
As for the rest, either you groove to the sound of James Brown-based hard funk played by a band with real! live! drummers! or you think this is all monochromatic trash with no more charm than a black velvet painting of Martin Luther King Jr. and the Kennedys.