Arts Desk

Adams Morgan: The Anthem

If you walk by a Washington City Paper box today, pick up our second Answers Issue, a special edition dedicated to answering readers' questions about D.C.

Staff writers tackled your inquiries about South Carolina barbecue, D.C.'s history of organized crime, Councilmember Jim Graham's marital history, and deaf-child signs. But one of the most intriguing questions came from a reader who wanted to know the origins of a mysterious cassette tape:

When Melody Records on Connecticut Avenue NW was closing, I went in on the last day and bought a cassette titled “Adams Morgan,” by Vicky Troy and Charles Ragusa. I finally found a cassette player, listened to it, and it’s INCREDIBLY catchy (and a bit cheesy). Everyone I’ve played it for loves it and gets addicted to it. I’d love to know more about its history.

Jonathan L. Fischer looked into it, got the story, and posted the song on our site. And yeah, it's insanely catchy, in a vintage Sesame Street kind of way. You should hear it—but be ready. Adams Morgan's new (old) anthem will grab hold of your brain and not. Let. Go.

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