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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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  • _Luks

    design patterns

    9 Apr 11:44pm Reply
  • MilitaryTwoStep

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

    30 Mar 1:49pm Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    franz Ferdinand должны на них каждый день молиться, ёба

    20 Mar 1:39pm Reply
  • WS9167

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

    18 Mar 6:00pm Reply
  • thelionrampant

    The Wreckage of the SS Post Punk, captained by the great Gang of Four.

    13 Mar 11:10am Reply
  • folkfag00

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

    4 Mar 11:54pm 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 4:22am Reply
  • spacemangraig

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

    7 Feb 5:26pm Reply
  • Isaaaaaak

    One of those bands that had an absolutely absurd drop in quality past the first album. Entertainment! was phenomenal, Solid Gold was alright and then everything after is fucking garbage. Crazy.

    24 Jan 10:01pm Reply
  • d1lll1nger

    Great band, live performance absolutely amazing!

    20 Jan 10:14am Reply
  • Cylob

    So few shouts for such a band. The dust it rains.

    21 Dec 2013 Reply
  • aFonderReel

    Live version of "What We All Want" beats the studio version!

    15 Jul 2013 Reply
  • zwerfafval

    "IanCurtis13: Just to warn people in advance, Andy Gill has reformed the band with just him as the only original member.... fucking disgraceful" <--- Ugh, thanks for the warning. I caught them at ATP in 2006 (original lineup) sort of by accident and was really surprised about how good they were, completely unexpected. I was just thinking that it would be cool to see them again sometime, but I definitely won't bother now should the occasion arise.

    25 Jun 2013 Reply
  • traytray89

    HOW DID IT HAPPEN

    21 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Jugulator93

    Yeah the lineup change simply "happened". Shame, Content was decent

    4 Jun 2013 Reply
  • AngryGermanKid

    ребята, как же давно я вас не слушал

    17 May 2013 Reply
  • IanCurtis13

    Just to warn people in advance, Andy Gill has reformed the band with just him as the only original member.... fucking disgraceful

    17 May 2013 Reply
  • superdiazepam

    A NEW ROMANCE EMBEDDED IN THE BEDROOM

    14 May 2013 Reply
  • TheBlackRaven87

    I only have their first two albums, Entertainment! is very good but I think I like Solid Gold even more. And it's nice to hear a melodica in some songs. Reminds me of Augustus Pablo

    10 May 2013 Reply
  • shedds

    "Songs of the Free" is incredible. Just incredible.

    8 Apr 2013 Reply
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