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Jon King, born 8 June 1955, London, is a singer, musician and founding member of the Leeds based UK rock band Gang of Four. The band’s main lyricist and co-songwriter, he sings in the group as well as playing melodica and percussion such as a microwave oven or wooden block (using a baseball bat or a stick), the latter notably on the song “He’d Send In the Army. ” Jon Pareles in The New York Times described King’s lyrics as “bitterly analytical, infused with theories from Marx, Adorno, Baudrillard and Godard, and the band was determined to puncture pop romance with the consciousness that people are manipulated by power economics, media and marketing.Why not write about ideas? Mr. King said. ” - Source Jon Pareles, New York Times , Jan 24th 2005. Jon King co-wrote and co-produced the groundbreaking Entertainment!, Gang of Four’s debut album, regularly listed as among the top 100 albums of all time and described by Rolling Stone magazine as “the best debut album by a British band – punk or otherwise – since the original English release of The Clash in 1977 ” quote: David Fricke, Rolling Stone,Aug 7th, 1980

Referring to the influence of Situationist ideas on Gang of Four’s work, Jon King remarked, in a 1980 letter to Greil Marcus, that “where I think that Situationism was good was in the development of its revolutionary tactic: ‘reinvesting’ the cultural past.

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