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'Urgh! A Music War' Week: Gang Of Four

And the good doctor said, “Let there be day four of the examination of artists from the concert film Urgh! A Music War! Artists who were otherwise Never Found in the 80s!” And so there was a day four.

Let’s take a look at the excellent Gang Of Four. Having taken their name from a Chinese Communist counter-revolutionary group, Gang Of Four was a very political post-punk band that mixed punk, funk and reggae to make their unique brand of music. Although, enjoying some charting success in the UK, these fellows just didn’t reach the charts in the States.

Lead guitarist Andy Gill is among my favorite guitarists, notice how cool he is as he plays and doesn’t play his guitar. And, dig that extra bit of percussion provided by singer Jon King as he hammers on a piece of scrap metal! When I first saw this film, I found this performance mesmerizing.

The song is He’d Send In The Army from their second album Solid Gold released in 1981.

Gang Of Four formed in 1977 and had gone through some line-up changes before initially breaking up in 1983. After a couple of restarts in the '90s, Andy Gill and Jon King reformed the band with new members in 2004 and released Content, their first new studio album since 1995, in 2011.

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 12:54pm]


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