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Gang of Four are an English post-punk band, formed in in Leeds. After a brief lull in the s, different constellations of the band recorded two studio albums in the s. Between and the original line-up was reunited; as ofGill is the sole original member. The band plays a stripped-down mix of punk rockfunk and dubwith a lyrical emphasis on the social and political ills of society. Their debut album, Entertainment! The album was listed by Pitchfork Media as the 8th best album of the s.
Gang of Four's music brought together an eclectic array of influences, ranging from the Frankfurt School of social criticism to the increasingly clear trans-Atlantic punk consensus.
It was a Number 1 indie chart hit  and John Peel radio show favourite. This led to two Peel radio sessions, which, with their incendiary live performances, propelled the band to international attention and sold-out shows across Europe and North America. They were then signed by EMI records. The group's Damaged Goods - Gang Of Four - Entertainment! single with this label, "At Home He's a Tourist", charted in Damaged Goods - Gang Of Four - Entertainment!
to appear on top rated BBC music program Top of the Popsthe band walked off the show when the BBC told them to sing "rubbish" in the place of the original lyric "rubbers", as the original line was considered too risque. Critic Stewart Mason has called "Anthrax" not only the group's "most notorious song" but also "one of the most unique and interesting songs of its time".
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 Damaged Goods - Gang Of Four - Entertainment!
to get up" and equating love with "a case of anthraxand that's some thing I don't want to catch. Feelgood 's working-class blues with the testing avant-garde intrigue of Henry Cow. Wilfully avoiding structural obviousness, melodic prettiness and harmonic corniness, the Gang's music was studded with awkward holes and sharp corners. Ken Tucker, in Rolling Stone, wrote: " In the band released their second LP, Solid Gold.
Like Entertainment! Van Gosse, in a Village Voice review said: "Gang of Four embody a new category in pop, which illuminates all the others, because the motor of their aesthetic is not a 'personal creative vision. Lee was as good a singer as bassist, and she helped give the band's third studio album, Songs of Damaged Goods - Gang Of Four - Entertainment!
Freea more commercially accessible element. Although "I Love a Man in a Uniform" from the album was the band's most radio-friendly song, it was banned in the UK shortly after its release because Britain went to war in the Falkland Islands. In the spring ofBurnham left the band after the release of Songs of the Free and formed Illustrated Man.
Gill and King continued Gang of Four, releasing Hard in Melody Maker dubbed the album "a perfect and Gau Ezezaguna - 6nemen9 - Pop-atic nostalgia trip into the world of gaunt cynicism.
After retiring from working together, Gill and King reunited to record Mall inand finally Shrinkwrapped in Lee later joined the B's to be replaced by Gail Ann Dorseylater famous for her longtime association with David Bowie. In OctoberGang of Four released a new disc featuring new recordings of songs from the albums Entertainment!
In Januarythe band, now featuring Mark Heaney on drums a band member since who had toured extensively since Burnhams departure and Thomas McNeice on bass, released a new album, Content. Andrew Perry, writing in Britain's Telegraph newspaper, gave it 21 January a 5-star rating and said that it was "their best record since the Seventies",  Jon Pareles, awarding the album 4 stars in a New York Times review of 25 Januarydeclared that Don Interrupts - Frank Zappa - Mystery Disc band] "have reclaimed, with a vengeance, their old attack",  Dan Wilcox of KCRW 17 January said [of Content ]: "Entertaining, scintillating and dangerous, the band has lost none of its explosive edge over the years.
It's thus fitting that the album's most exuberant moment — the muscular Motown stomp "Who Am I? Gill produced, under the band name, What Happens Nextwhich was released in Gang of Four went on to influence a number of successful alternative rock acts throughout the '80s and '90s, although few of their followers were as arty or political.
Gang Rip Slyme - Star Four's debut album Entertainment! Sara Lee was also a judge for the 5th annual Independent Music Awards to support independent artists' careers. In the s, the band has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity, initially due to emergence of new post-punk revival bands such as Morak* - MorakLiarsthe RaptureNeils Children and Radio 4and then the rise of Franz FerdinandWe Are Scientists and Bloc Partywhich led to the renewed patronage of the NME.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other uses, see Gang of Four disambiguation. Post-punk  dance-punk  funk rock . EMI Warner Bros. Polydor V2. Current members Andy Gill — lead guitar, vocals —, —, —present Thomas McNeice — bass, backing vocals —present John "Gaoler" Sterry — lead vocals, melodica, percussion —present Tobias Humble — drums —present Former members Jon King — lead vocals, melodica —, —, — Hugo Burnham - drumsDave Allen — bassBusta "Cherry" Jones — bass ; died Sara Lee — bass, backing vocals Mark Heaney — drums Jonny No Your Dont - Sweet* - The Best — drums — Retrieved 20 April Consequence of Sound.
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Retrieved 26 August The Daily Telegraph. The New York Times. Gang of Four. Music Sales Group. Archived from the original on 18 October Retrieved 8 May Retrieved 28 March Archived from the original on 13 July London: Guinness World Records Limited.
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