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Lasting legacy of "The Real World: D.C.": Local band Wicked Liquid

Wicked Liquid: From left to right, drummer Will "Chief Willis" Whitney, singer Josh Colon, guitarist Fasil "Fuzzy G" Girmay, and David "DAM the DJ" Muehlenkamp. (Courtesy of Wicked Liquid)

"The Real World" lingered in our fair city for only three months last year, but it definitely left its mark.

Many attractive locals got to make out with the MTV housemates on camera -- a video to show the grandkids one day -- and one D.C. gal, Andrea Leigh, found love with star Andrew Woods and moved with him to Colorado. Some local luminaries made non-hot-tub cameos: Rep. Jim Moran and our cartoonist colleague Tom Toles allowed the cameras into their offices for meet-and-greets.

And a D.C. band that formed around one of the stars -- Wicked Liquid -- is still together, making the most of its brush with reality-TV fame.

Drummer and producer Will Whitney (stage name: Chief Willis) met Josh Colon, "The Real World's" resident ladies' man, at a Capitol Skyline Hotel pool party. He doesn't mind acknowledging that he and his bandmates -- all graduates of Montgomery Blair High School -- were drawn to Colon in large part because he was on the show. But he emphasizes that Wicked Liquid was not an MTV invention: "This is four or five years of hard work so we'd be ready for this kind of opportunity." And the strapping bartender from Philadelphia "fit the mold perfectly" for their funk/hip-hop sound.

"At first we really weren't sure about his skills," Whitney told us. "And then we learned that he wasn't the greatest singer." (Fellow housemates, in a reunion show aired after Wednesday's finale, called Colon "tone-deaf.") But his rapping was solid, "so now we're aiming to be more of a party-hip-hop vibe, to take more advantage of his persona, rather than make him look like a singer."

Josh Colon (Courtesy of Wicked Liquid)

Colon is back in Philly but has been commuting to D.C. to rehearse with Wicked Liquid (he coined the name), which released an EP on iTunes and has several gigs lined up, including a return trip to Rock & Roll Hotel in Northeast Washington, where the band debuted, and Sante Fe Cafe in College Park. Whitney's hoping to organize an East Coast tour.

"It's taken our potential for marketing to a whole other level," he said. "I had been calling Santa Fe for two years. Then I call them and say, 'We've got a guy from "The Real World,"' and they're like, 'Okay, sweet!'"

Meanwhile, our colleague Lisa de Moraes has the bad news on "Real World: D.C." ratings.

By The Reliable Source  |  April 2, 2010; 1:03 AM ET
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