GANG OF FOUR

Formed: Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, UK

Post-punk band which pioneered the punk/funk sound, They made one great LP - Entertainment! - which is an absolute classic.

They often sang about love or sex, but not in a lovey dovey way, Here's the evidence:

Gang Of Four - The Indian Smiles, he thianks that the cowboy is his friendYour kiss so sweet
Your sweat so sour
Sometimes I'm thinking that I love you
But I know it's only lust

- Damaged Goods, 1978

Love'll get you like a case of anthrax
And that's something I don't want to catch

- Anthrax, 1978

Fornication makes you happy
No escape from society
Natural is not in it
Your relations are of power
We all have good intentions
But all with strings attached
The problem if leisure
What to do for pleasure
Repackaged sex, your interest

- Natural's Not In It, 1979

 

They also sang about unemployment and capitalism and such stuff, what with being staunch lefties:

The past lives on in your front room
The poor still weak the rich still rule
History lives in the books at home
The books at home
It's not made by great men

- Not Great Men, 1979

I'm hearing talk of joy in labour
I'll tell you this you can leave me out

Guns Before Butter, 1979

They do all this with no sense of humour, but it doesn't matter. These songs are excellent..

Gang of Four Photo by Mike NolanGang Of Four - Solid Gold & Another Day / Another Dollar - US CD 1995 (Infinite Zero/American - 9 43035-2) Page 8

Photo by Mike Nolan

I don't like anything they've done since. Solid Gold is like a boring version of the first LP, without songs. Songs Of The Free downplays the punk and ups the punk, very tediously. By the time of their fourth LP, Hard (1983), they'd become a very dull soul/dance band with no punky leanings. No wonder they split up soon after, given the hostile reaction from fans and critics alike, A crappy live album called At The Palace was issued as a less than engrossing parting shot.

They have reformed numerous times since.

ABOVE: Artwork from the Solid Giold LP.

LINEUP 1 (1977-1982)

Gang Of Four 1979

Jon King - lead vocals, melodica
Andrew Gill - guitar, vocals
Dave Allen - bass, vocals
Hugo Burnham - drums, vocals

LINEUP 2 (1982-1984)

Gang Of Four 1982

Jon King - lead vocals, melodica
Andrew Gill - guitar, vocals
Sara Lee – bass, backing vocals
Hugo Burnham - drums, vocals


DISCOGRAPHY

Singles / Albums

Gang Of Four - Damaged Goods Gang Of Four - At Home He's A Tourist Gang Of Four - Entertainment! Gang Of Four - Outside The Trains Don't Run On Time Gang Of Four - What We All Want
Damaged Goods
(7", 1978)
At Home He's A Tourist (7", 1979) Entertainment!
(LP, 1979)
Outside The Trains Don't Run On Time
(7", 1980)
Gang Of Four
(12", 1980)
Gang Of Four - What We All Want Gang Of Four - Solid Gold Gang Of Four - To Hell With Poverty Gang Of Four - Another Day/Another Dollar Gang Of Four - I Love A Man In A Uniform
What We All Want (7"/12", 1981) Solid Gold
(LP, 1981)
To Hell With Poverty! (7"/12", 1981) Another Day/Another Dollar (12", 1981) I Love A Man In A Uniform (7"/12", 1982)
Gang Of Four - Songs Of The Free Gang Of Four - Call Me Up Gang Of Four - Is It Love Gang Of Four - Hard Gang Of Four - Silver Lining
Songs Of The Free
(LP, 1982)
Call Me Up
(7", 1982)
Is It Love
(7"/12", 1983)
Hard (LP, 1983) Silver Lining (7", 1983)
Gang Of Four - At The Palace Gang Of Four - Is It Love - Live May 1984 Gang Of Four - Money Talks Gang Of Four - Mall Gang Of Four - Satellite
At The Palace
(LP, 1984)
Is It Love - Live May 1984 (12", 1984) Money Talks (7"/12"/CDS, 1990) Mall (LP/CD, 1991) Satellite (CDS, 1991)
Gang Of Four - Cadillac Gang Of Four - Tattoo Gang Of Four - Shrinkwrapped Gang Of Four - Return The Gift Gang Of Four - Second Life
Cadillac
(12"/CDS, 1991)
Tattoo
(7"/12"/CDS, 1995)
Shrinkwrapped
(CD, 1995)
Return The Gift
(2xCD, 2005)
Second Life
(7"/CDS, 2008)
Gang Of Four - Content Gang Of Four - Who Am I?      
Content (LP+CD, 2011) Who Am I?
(7"/CDS, 2011)
     

Extraneous Releases

Gang Of Four - Lord Make Me A Cowboy Gang Of Four - The Peel Sessions Gang Of Four - A Brief History Of The Twentieth Century Gang Of Four - The Peel Sessions Album Gang Of Four - Entertainment! & Yellow EP
Gang Of Four / Five Or Six
(7", flexi, split, 1982)
The Peel Sessions
(12", 1986)
A Brief History Of The Twentieth Century (LP/CD, 1990) The Peel Sessions Album (LP/CD, 1990) Entertainment! & Yellow EP (CD, twofer, 1995)
Gang Of Four - Solid Gold & Another Day / Another Dollar Gang Of Four - To Hell With Poverty (The Loaded Remix EP) Gang Of Four - 100 Flowers Bloom Gang Of Four - Hard / Solid Gold Gang Of Four - The Black Sessions
Solid Gold & Another Day / Another Dollar
(CD, twofer, 1995)
To Hell With Poverty (The Loaded Remix EP) (7"/12"/CDS, 1995) 100 Flowers Bloom (2xCD, 1998) Hard / Solid Gold
(2xCD, twofer, 2005)
The Black Sessions
(CD, 2005)
Gang Of Four - Remixes Gang Of Four - To Hell With Poverty 7" 2005      
Remixes (7"/12", 2005) To Hell With Poverty
(7", 2005)
     

Promos

Gang Of Four - Four From A Brief History Of The Twentieth Century Gang Of Four - Don't Fix What Ain't Broke Gang Of Four - I Parade Myself    
Four From A Brief History Of The Twentieth Century
(CDS, promo, 1990)
Don't Fix What Ain't Broke
(12"/CDS, promo, 1991)
I Parade Myself
(CDS, promo, 1996)
   

Bootlegs

Gang Of Four - Anthrax Marxists Gang Of Four - Gang Bang Live! Gang Of Four - Desperation A.M. Gang Of Four - BBC Recordings 1979-1981 Gang Of Four - Peel Sessions '77-'81
Anthrax Marxists
(LP, 1980)
Gang Bang (LP, 1980) Desperation A.M.
(LP, 2006)
BBC Recordings 1979-1981 (LP, 2006) Peel Sessions '77-'81 (LP, 2006)
Gang Of Four - Peel Sessions LP 2010        
Peel Sessions
(LP, 2010)
       

Various Artists

Fast Product - The First Year Plan UK LP 1979 (EMI/Fast Product): Love Like Anthrax / Armalite Rifle / Damaged Goods

Mutant Pop 78/79 US LP 1980 (PVC): Love Like Anthrax / Armalite Rifle / Damaged Goods

Rock Against Racism - RAR's Greatest Hits Netherlands LP 1980 (Ariola Benelux): Why Theory

URGH! A Music War UK 2xLP 1981 (A&M): He'd Send In The Army [Live]

Dogs In Space UK LP/CD 1987 (WEA): Anthrax

Lipstick Traces UK LP/CD 1993 (Rough Trade): At Home He's A Tourist

1-2-3-4 Punk & New Wave 1976-1979 UK 5xCD 1999 (Universal): Damaged Goods

No Thanks! The '70s Punk Rebellion US 4xCD 2003 (Rhino): Love Like Anthrax

Rough Trade Shops - Post Punk 01 UK 2xCD 2003 (Mute): I Found That Essence Rare

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