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In today's Post: ?uestlove picks his top five albums from Washington artists

?uestlove?uestlove and The Roots play two sold out shows at 9:30 club this week.

In today's Post, Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson of the Roots talks about how life on "Late Night" has re-energized his band. Meantime, anyone who reads his Twitter knows that Thompson is a human encyclopedia and proud owner of a massive music library -- 67,000 LPs in all, he tells us.

Click Track asked Thompson to pick his five favorite albums from Washington artists. He not only delivered the list off the top of his head -- he also came up with an idea for the best Bonnaroo ever.

5. Wale “100 Miles and Running”
“‘100 Miles and Running' was my soundtrack for 2007.”

4. Trouble Funk “Drop the Bomb”
“Number four, I will say Trouble Funk. It came out in ’83. It was real ugly. That’s where the “Rock the Bells” sample comes from. [We’re pretty sure he means “Drop the Bomb.” The cover is indeed ugly, but came out in ’82 - ed.] Those guys, uber-underrated. Go-go is black people’s jam music. My dream is to either get them or Rare Essence to Bonnaroo. The world does not know.”

(The countdown continues, after the jump)

3. Bad Brains, “Bad Brains”

Bad Brains’ first record to me, a quintessential album.

2. Marvin Gaye, “What’s Going On”
1. Marvin Gaye, “Here, My Dear”

“Number two and number one are tied for me becasue I can’t do without either record. It’s criminal, but at number two, instead of being number one, is ‘What’s Going On.’ Number one for me is ‘Here, My Dear.’ It’s... what can you say? There’s about to be a three to four CD set... outtakes from the ‘Troubleman’ soundtrack. Marvin’s best instrument was always his own voice and... most of the ‘Troubleman’ soundtrack is him just demoing stuff and acting like the horns. He’s singing like he’s the horns — whooo-ooooh. I could listen to it all day... And that's my top five, D.C.”

By Chris Richards  |  December 29, 2009; 8:30 AM ET
Categories:  In today's Post  | Tags: ?uestlove, Bad Brains, Marvin Gaye, The Roots, Trouble Funk, Wale  
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So what's the Bonnaroo idea?

Posted by: Hemisphire | December 29, 2009 11:11 AM | Report abuse

@ Hemisphere: Check out the Trouble Funk entry. Quest wants them to book a go-go act -- either Trouble Funk or Rare Essence. I'd book my ticket to Manchester, Tennessee in a heartbeat.

Posted by: ChrisRichards | December 29, 2009 11:17 AM | Report abuse

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