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Monday, October 15, 2007

Gang Of Four 08/30/79 The Paradise Boston MA @ 320 REPOST

Wikipedia says: Gang of Four is an English post-punk group from Leeds. Original personnel were singer Jon King, guitarist Andy Gill, bass guitarist Dave Allen and drummer Hugo Burnham. They were fully active from 1977 to 1984, and then re-emerged twice in the 1990s with King and Gill. In 2004, the original line-up reunited.

They play a stripped-down mix of punk rock, with strong elements of funk music, minimalism and dub reggae and an emphasis on the social and political ills in society. Gang of Four's later albums (Songs of the Free and Hard) found them softening some of their more jarring qualities, and drifting towards dance-funk and disco. Their début album, Entertainment!, ranked at #490 in Rolling Stone's The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

Like the Velvet Underground before them, the influence of Gang of Four on later musicians is far greater than their original record sales might suggest. Their angular, slashing attack and liberal use of dissonance had a significant influence on their post-punk contemporaries in the States. Gang of Four went on to influence a number of successful funk-tinged alternative rock acts throughout the 80s and 90s, although few of their followers were as arty or political. Michael "Flea" Balzary of the Red Hot Chili Peppers has stated Gang of Four were very influential on his band's early music. Andy Kellman, writing in Allmusic, has even argued that Gang of Four's "germs of influence" can be found in many rap-rock and nu metal groups "not in touch with their ancestry enough to realize it." [2]

This show should be posted in a golden shrine in Tibet and worshipped. This show is on the rough side. But ohhh so shhweet. Recorded before Entertainment was released.

01 I Found That Essence Rare
02 Contract
03 5:45
04 Anthrax
05 It's Her Factory
06 Damaged Goods
07 Naturals Not In It
08 Not Great Men
09 Guns Before Butter
10 Return The Gift
11 At Home He's A Tourist
12 Ether
13 Armalite Rifle



paul said...

Looking Forward To This One, I Loved GO4 In 1979
Thank You As Always

mister shabbadoo said...

I agree, at that time (with the exception of The Clash) there was no band cooler than Gang of Four. I have a friend who grew up in Boston: he went to The Paradise a lot.. saw U2 there, The Jam, Gun Club and (I think) this show. Some people just make me sick with envy :-) Great post, thanks.