Gang Of Four are one of the most radical, and radically important, rock groups of the last 30 years. Their music, starting with 1978’s Damaged Goods EP, offered a danceable solution to the problem of where four-piece guitar bands could go next after punk. Gang Of Four are about visceral, high energy, maximum impact rock’n’roll. They make you dance and they make you sweat, just as they make you think. That exclamation mark at the end of the title of their 1979 debut album Entertainment! – incidentally, one of the greatest debut albums ever made; in fact, one of the greatest long-playing records, period – was no accident or sleight of design. Nor were they rent-a-gobs or rabble- rousers. They managed to inveigle complex ideas into powerful songs that were provocative yet simply thrilling.
The big bands of the 80s, the Chilli Peppers, INXS, REM, have all spoken of their debt to Gang Of Four but in more recent years, the band’s influence has become almost universal with the emergence of post-punk influenced bands such as The Rapture and Radio 4 and then the rise of Franz Ferdinand and Bloc Party.
Jon King states, “I love what Andy does on guitar – it’s completely unique. How many original guitarists have there ever been, not just now? He’s one of the few living signature rock guitarists: you can recognise an Andy Gill riff a mile away and you can recognise who’s been listening to him.” The fruit of Jon and Andy’s collaboration is a new album, the first new studio album in years. "Content." which was officially released in January 2011.
Gang Of Four are Jon King (vocals & melodica), Andy Gill (guitar & vocals), Thomas McNeice (bass) and Mark Heaney (drums).
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