GANG OF FOUR

Formed: Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, UK

Discography / Lineups

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, and also about unemployment, capitalism and the media. They do all this without a sense of humour, but it doesn't matter because their early 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 funk, 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 crummy live album called At The Palace was issued as a less than engrossing parting shot.

They have reformed numerous times since.

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DISCOGRAPHY

Subsequent studio albums: Mall (1991), Shrinkwrapped (1995), Return The Gift (2005), Content (2011), What Happens Next (2015), HAPPY NOW (2019).

Singles & Albums / Extraneous Releases / Promos / Bootlegs / Various Artists

Gang Of Four - Damaged GoodsDamaged Goods (7", 1978)

Gang Of Four - At Home He's A TouristAt Home He's A Tourist (7", 1979)

Gang Of Four - Entertainment!Entertainment! (LP, 1979)

Gang Of Four - Outside The Trains Don't Run On TimeOutside The Trains Don't Run On Time (7", 1980)

Gang Of Four - What We All WantGang Of Four (12", 1980)

Gang Of Four - What We All WantWhat We All Want (7"/12", 1981)

Gang Of Four - Solid GoldSolid Gold (LP, 1981)

Gang Of Four - To Hell With PovertyTo Hell With Poverty! (7"/12", 1981)

Gang Of Four - Another Day/Another DollarAnother Day/Another Dollar (12", 1981)

Gang Of Four - I Love A Man In A UniformI Love A Man In A Uniform (7"/12", 1982)

Gang Of Four - Songs Of The FreeSongs Of The Free (LP, 1982)

Gang Of Four - Call Me UpCall Me Up (7", 1982)

Gang Of Four - Is It LoveIs It Love (7"/12", 1983)

Gang Of Four - HardHard (LP, 1983)

Gang Of Four - Silver LiningSilver Lining (7", 1983)

Gang Of Four - At The PalaceAt The Palace (LP, 1984)

Gang Of Four - Is It Love - Live May 1984Is It Love - Live May 1984 (12", 1984)

Extraneous Releases

Gang Of Four - Lord Make Me A CowboyGang Of Four / Five Or Six (7", flexi, split, 1982)

Gang Of Four - The Peel SessionsThe Peel Sessions (12", 1986)

Gang Of Four - A Brief History Of The Twentieth CenturyA Brief History Of The Twentieth Century (LP/CD, 1990)

Gang Of Four - The Peel Sessions AlbumThe Peel Sessions Album (LP/CD, 1990)

Gang Of Four - Entertainment! & Yellow EPEntertainment! & Yellow EP (CD, twofer, 1995)

Gang Of Four - Solid Gold & Another Day / Another DollarSolid Gold & Another Day / Another Dollar (CD, twofer, 1995)

Gang Of Four - 100 Flowers Bloom100 Flowers Bloom (2xCD, 1998)

Gang Of Four - Hard / Solid GoldHard / Solid Gold (2xCD, twofer, 2003)

Promos

Gang Of Four - Four From A Brief History Of The Twentieth Century Four From A Brief History Of The Twentieth Century (CDS, 1990)

Bootlegs

Gang Of Four - Anthrax MarxistsAnthrax Marxists (LP, 1980)

Gang Of Four - Gang Bang Live!Gang Bang (LP, 1980)

Gang Of Four - Desperation A.M.Desperation A.M. (LP, 2006)

Gang Of Four - BBC Recordings 1979-1981BBC Recordings 1979-1981 (LP, 2006)

Gang Of Four - Peel Sessions '77-'81Peel Sessions '77-'81 (LP, 2006)

Gang Of Four - Peel Sessions LP 2010Peel 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

What's All This, John? Germany LP 1980 (EMI): Not Great Men

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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