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Editors’ Notes

As long as guitarist Andy Gill can lay down a guitar line and singer Jon King can rail against capitalism, there can be a Gang of Four. Sixteen years since their last studio effort, Gill and King hitch up bassist Thomas McNeice and drummer Mark Heaney and resurrect the sound that put these guys on the cutting edge at the onset of the ‘80s. In the interim, they’ve influenced innumerable groups, but there’s nothing quite like the seductive funk of “I Can’t Forget Your Lonely Face”, which sounds like David Bowie with serrated edges. “You’ll Never Pay for the Farm” has a driving and hypnotic grind to its discontent. “It Was Never Gonna Turn Out Too Good” works with electronically manipulated sounds. “She Said” rails with ominous radio tower interference. Gill’s guitar is particularly crisp for “You Don’t Have to Be Mad”. The band may be down to the original frontmen, but they still commit to their sonic and political convictions like the full band of old.

Customer Reviews

tedman

INCREDIBLE this is the new big band they are gonna be huge

Long time waiting

With the current econimic climate, its good to see GO4 back! If anything the root of the album is stemmed from Songs Of The Free. The guitars are abrasive, Kings lyrics are spot on but the sound is smoother and they actually mellow out on the last couple of tracks. Hopefully we won't have to wait another 16 years!

With this and Wire's latest album its a good start to the year.

Mutton dressed as lamb!

Old guys trying to play new music. Some decent riffs in places but horrendous lyrics and even worse harmonies!!!avoid avoid avoid!!

Biography

Formed: 1977 in Leeds, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Formed in 1977 by Leeds University students Jon King (vocals), Andy Gill (guitar), Dave Allen (bass), and Hugo Burnham (drums), Gang of Four (along with the Fall, Mekons, and Liliput) produced some of the most exhilarating and lasting music of the early English post-punk era of 1978-1983. Fueled by the fury of punk rock and radical political theory, Gang of Four successfully welded the two in an inspired display of polemics and music that addressed the vagaries of life in the modern world (including...
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