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Leeds, England (1977 – 1984, 2005 – present)

Gang of Four are a British group from Leeds, England. Original personnel were singer Jon King, guitarist Andy Gill, bass guitarist Dave Allen and drummer Hugo Burnham. They were fully active from 1977 to 1984, and then re-emerged twice in the 1990s with King and Gill. In 2005, the original lineup reunited.

The group had a single in the British Top 60 with “At Home He’s A Tourist” in 1979, which was blacklisted by Top Of The Pops for its use of the relatively innocuous term “rubbers”. Storming, Doc Marten-booted and fueled by a heady cocktail of Gramsci, Marx and lager, out of the Leeds art-school scene that produced The Mekons and Delta 5, they played a stripped-to-the-wire, funk-fueled permutation of punk rock. This is best exemplified by the dry production and forceful polemic of debut effort Entertainment! - Gang of Four’s later albums (Songs Of The Free and Hard) found them softening some of their more jarring qualities, and drifting towards disco.

Critic Stewart Mason has called “Love Like Anthrax” (their first single, later re-recorded as “Anthrax”) not only the group’s “most notorious song” but also “one of the most unique and interesting songs of its time”; it’s also a good example of Gang of Four’s social perspective. After a minute-long, droning, feedback-laced guitar intro, the rhythm section sets up a funky, churning beat, and the guitar drops out entirely. In one stereo channel, King sings a “post-punk anti-love song”, comparing himself to a beetle trapped on its back (“and there’s no way for me to get up”) and equating love with “a case of anthrax, and that’s some thing I don’t want to catch.

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  • marianalff

    "Indie" KKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK nossa kkkkkkkk essa banda ai e puro post punk esse pessoal bota essas tags

    23 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Doppz

    Entertainment! was groundbreaking, but Solid Gold was their best.

    28 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Potorilis

    Бодрая группа, в хорошем смысле этой фразы.

    20 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Alec_Trevelyan

    Jon King left, so why carry on the band?

    26 Aug 2014 Reply
  • maskeraddanne

    To Hell With Poverty!

    29 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Jugulator93

    New GO4 soon, says their facebook site

    1 Jul 2014 Reply
  • zykoveddy

    This band has way too many underrated albums. Hard, At The Palace, Shrinkwrapped, Content - all hated by fans, despite actually being decent records.

    12 Jun 2014 Reply
  • S1D1991

    Greetings from Ukraine)

    6 Jun 2014 Reply
  • MzPorS

    Saw these guys in Houston, Txj at #'s I remember a Grass Hula Skirt LOL

    5 Jun 2014 Reply
  • Bas_VIII

    Lekker dansen op deze band man

    30 May 2014 Reply
  • AniRockAniMetal

    Prawie jak no wave i w tym wypadku "prawie" wcale nie robi jakiejś kolosalnej różnicy. Pewną robi, ale nie aż taką.

    29 May 2014 Reply
  • wiseblood-

    Disappointed to not see "What We All Want" in the top charts. One of their very best, IMO.

    25 May 2014 Reply
  • zykoveddy

    "Songs of the Free" is incredible. Just incredible. [2]

    11 May 2014 Reply
  • _Luks

    design patterns

    9 Apr 2014 Reply
  • MilitaryTwoStep

    WATCH NEW BLOOD ON THE EIGHTEEN INCH SCREEN THE CORPSE IS A NEW PERSONALITY

    30 Mar 2014 Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    franz Ferdinand должны на них каждый день молиться, ёба

    20 Mar 2014 Reply
  • WS9167

    it's funny how folkfag00 is not a fag.... oh wait, that's just a joke

    18 Mar 2014 Reply
  • folkfag00

    it's funny how this succeeds making post punk look bad while post punk is already a wreckage

    4 Mar 2014 Reply
  • wetwillies

    Entertainment! is one of those albums where, while it's on, you wonder whether any other music ever needed to exist.

    23 Feb 2014 Reply
  • spacemangraig

    I'm particulary fond of their soft cell cover I love man in a uniform.

    7 Feb 2014 Reply
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