Gang of Four

Genres: Pop / Rock
Descriptive "tags": post-punk new wave punk 80s indie Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
Links online: BBC Music Fan Page Official Homepage Official Homepage Wikipedia


UK post-punk band formed in Leeds, Yorkshire in 1977, and named after the radical Chinese group that rose to power during that country’s Cultural Revolution. The Gang Of Four - Jon King (8 June 1955, London, England; vocals/melodica), Andy Gill (b. 1 January 1956, Manchester, England; guitar/vocals), Dave Allen (b. 23 December 1955, Kendal, Cumbria, England; bass) and Hugo Burnham (b. 25 March 1956, London, England; drums) - made their debut on Fast Product the following year with Damaged Goods. This uncompromising three-track EP (‘Damaged Goods’/‘Love Like Anthrax’/‘Armalite Rifle’) introduced the band’s strident approach, wherein Burnham’s pounding, compulsive drumming and Gill’s staccato, stuttering guitar work, reminiscent of Wilko Johnson from Dr. Feelgood, framed their overtly political lyrics. The quartet maintained this direction on their 1979 debut album Entertainment!, while introducing the interest in...

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