ESG (Emerald, Sapphire and Gold) is a band that emerged from the South Bronx in the early 1980s. They were totally and completely unique, creating a sound that was unlike anything on the scene at the time – funky post-punk, post-disco dance music.
The band originally consisted of the Scroggins sisters, Renee (vocals), Valerie (drums), Deborah (bass) and Marie (congas, vocals) and friend Tito Libran (congas, vocals). They were active in the early 80s, disbanded, and the re-formed in the early 90s after their music had become popular sample materials for bands like TLC, the Wu-Tang Clan, the Beastie Boys, Big Daddy Kane, Gang Starr, Junior Mafia, Tricky, Jay-Dee, as well as indie rockers like Unrest and Liars. Accordingly, in 1992 ESG released the 12″ EP Sample Credits Don’t Pay Our Bills!
While ESG was super influential in NYC, and their influence on hip hop/rock/punk is beyond measure, they quietly hung up their hats to pursue fairly quiet lives in the city. There have been a few releases, and shows here and there, but all in all the Scruggins sisters have moved on to other (if not bigger and better) things. But, they will forever be remembered as one of the greatest bands you’ve probably never heard of!