Gang of Four

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Gang of Four are an English post-punk group, formed in 1977 in Leeds. The original members were singer Jon King, guitarist Andy Gill, bass guitarist Dave Allen and drummer Hugo Burnham. There have been many different line-ups including, among other notable musicians, Sara Lee and Gail Ann Dorsey. After a brief lull in the 1980s, different constellations of the band recorded two studio albums in the 1990s. Between 2004 and 2006 the original line-up was reunited; as of 2013, Gill is the sole original member.

The band plays a stripped-down mix of punk rock, funk and dub, with an emphasis on the social and political ills of society. Gang of Four are widely considered one of the leading bands of the late 1970s/early 1980s post-punk movement. Their early 80s albums (Songs of the Free and Hard) found them softening some of their more jarring qualities, and drifting towards dance-punk and disco. Their debut album, Entertainment!, was ranked as fifth greatest punk album of all time and at Number 483 in Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. The album was listed by Pitchfork Media as the 8th best album of the 1970s. David Fricke of Rolling Stone described Gang of Four as "probably the best politically motivated band in rock & roll.". Rolling Stone described the album: "Fusing James Brown and early hip-hop with the bullet-point minimalism of the Ramones, Gang of Four were a genuine revolutionary force in their pursuit of working-class justice. The Leeds foursome bound their Marxist critique in tightly wound knots of enraged funk and avenging-disco syncopation".

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1979 Entertainment! Gang of Four 5 6
1981 Solid Gold Gang of Four 3
1982 Songs of the Free Gang of Four 5
1983 Hard Gang of Four 1
1991 Mall Gang of Four 2
1995 Shrinkwrapped Gang of Four 1
2005 Return the Gift Gang of Four 3
2011 Content Gang of Four 4
2015 What Happens Next Gang of Four 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1990 A Brief History of the Twentieth Century Gang of Four 5 4
1995 Entertainment! / Yellow EP Gang of Four 1
1995 Solid Gold / Another Day/Another Dollar Gang of Four 2
1998 100 Flowers Bloom Gang of Four 1
2003 Hard / Solid Gold Gang of Four 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1984 At the Palace Gang of Four 1
1990 The Peel Sessions Album Gang of Four 2


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1978 Damaged Goods Gang of Four 1
1979 At Home He’s a Tourist Gang of Four 1
1980 Outside the Trains Don’t Run on Time Gang of Four 1
1981 To Hell With Poverty Gang of Four 2
1981 What We All Want Gang of Four 1
1982 Call Me Up Gang of Four 1
1982 I Love a Man in a Uniform Gang of Four 1
1982 Lord Make Me a Cowboy / Black Balloons Drop Gang of Four / Five or Six 1
1983 Is It Love Gang of Four 1
1990 Money Talks Gang of Four 1
1995 Tattoo Gang of Four 2

Single + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1984 Is It Love (live, 1984-05: The Palace, Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA, USA) Gang of Four 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1980 Gang of Four ("Yellow EP") Gang of Four 1
1982 Another Day/Another Dollar Gang of Four 1
2010 Free EP Gang of Four 1
Second Life Gang of Four 1

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