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  Gang of Four (band) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Gang of Four was a British punk rock group from Leeds, England.
Gang of Four went on to influence a number of successful funk-tinged alternative rock acts throughout the 80s and 90s, (even, arguably, many rap-rock and nu metal groups "not in touch with their ancestry enough to realize it" [2]), although few of their followers were as arty or political.
Gang of Four can also be credited as one of the early influences on techno or electronic music; they released dance remixes of several later singles.
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 Gang of Four (disambiguation) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In British history, the Gang of Four were the four leading members of the Labour Party who left the party to found the rival Social Democratic Party in 1981.
Gang of Four is a British post-punk rock band formed in the late 1970s.
Gang of Four is a card game based on the shifting politics of the Cultural Revolution period in Chinese history.
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 Gang of Four reviewed
The "Gang of Four" was stuck in an artistic tension where it partly wanted to pull off in a disco-dance direction and partly wanted a hard rock and didactic political message to pound into people's heads.
"Gang of Four" was a hard-core punk band in its soul but with a much greater range of musical talents and polished professional skills, and maybe just a little less drive than the average hard-core punk band.
P.S. "Gang of Four" is an epithet that refers to four political leaders in China who upheld Mao's line in favor of the Cultural Revolution.
www.etext.org /Politics/MIM/bookstore/music/alternative/gangoffour.html   (704 words)

 gillmusic.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-06)
Gang Of Four, an unsigned punk band from Leeds (named after the renegade communist faction led by Mao's widow, who staged a 10-day leadership coup in China two years earlier), have managed to get a booking at what is still the most insalubrious nightspot in the so-called "Great Border City".
That Gang Of Four aren't necessarily the first point of reference when exposing the second-hand ideas of today's plagiarists is perhaps down to their subsequent career, one which ultimately failed to match the achievement of their debut.
But even when the band insisted on refusal, they reached the same pass; there is a way in which everything the Gang of Four did is caught in "We Live As We Dream, Alone," from their third album, Songs of the Free, released in 1982.
www.gillmusic.com /go4_history.html   (2361 words)

 RobotFist - Music Review - 'A Brief History of the Twentieth Century', Gang of Four   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-06)
The stark punk funk of Leeds-based Gang of Four was one of the first stones in the pond, whose ripples are sending shockwaves around the world today.
Gang of Four were, quite simply, the band that grooved and moved you.
But Gang of Four were the band that could inspire unity rather than free-for-all nihilism, promote change from the floor of the indie disco, and though not sell many records incite a legion of change in the future.
www.robotfist.com /protofist/040128/040128_33.htm   (803 words)

 Gang of Four: Return the Gift: Pitchfork Review   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-06)
Gang of Four have instead hit the studio to capture the spirit of their live show, in the way they feel the old albums never did.
It's the band's right to feel they're upgrading their old work to some standard they think it fell short of (Burnham apparently hated the drum sound on the original records), but last I checked, almost no one else was talking about room for improvement where "To Hell With Poverty" and "Damaged Goods" were concerned.
If you're among the naive and idealistic crowd who believe Gang of Four to be unassailable ideologues, champions of the proles, guys who'd never in a million years do anything just to make a buck, feel free to put your fingers in your ears and yell "la la la" for the rest of the paragraph.
pitchforkmedia.com /record-reviews/g/gang-of-four/return-the-gift.shtml   (1050 words)

 Gang of Four Shrinkwraps Entertainment.
As Greil Marcus has noted, Gang of Four's "stance is not that of the cultural politician, of someone denouncing or criticizing, but of an ordinary person struggling to make sense of his or her life" (128).
But it was the Gang of Four that drew attention and created controversy among their peers when in 1978 the band signed with EMI in Britain and Warner Bros. in the United States, large and powerful transnational corporations.
King is obviously pleased that the band was drawing a female audience, and attributes the effect to the socially favorable milieu known as Gang of Four, in contrast to typical rock environments where unaccompanied women can be subject to male harassment.
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 MTVNews.com: Music Geek: Gang Of Four, Forefathers Of Many
Gang of Four's outlook was shaped by the harsh political and economic climate of the time.
Gang of Four were societal observers and commentators, whose ironic sloganeering about the absurdities and conflicts of modern life were sarcastic, humorous and incisive.
Gang of Four raised questions, and they were astute enough to recognize they didn't have all the answers.
www.mtv.com /bands/m/music_geek/gangoffour_051605   (1324 words)

 Gang of Four Surrender!
The nature of the totality was neatly summed up by the band's name, which was of course borrowed from the post-Mao Chinese government led by Hua Kua Feng, which originally used the phrase "gang of four" to designate the widow of Mao and three other Chinese officials accused of "counter-revolutionary" activities in the 1970s.
Everything the (band) Gang of Four did -- whether it was on stage or in the recording studio -- was animated by a perpetual battle between revolution and counter-revolution, between class consciousness and false consciousness, between desire and need.
With his departure, which was apparently precipitated by the pressures and problems the band encountered during their tour of North America, the Go4 lost its rhetorical (if not practical or social) connection to the class to which and for which the band aspired to be an inspiration: the modern proletariat.
www.notbored.org /gang.html   (1389 words)

 The New York Times > Arts > Music > After Postpunk? Post-Postpunk by the Gang of Four
Jon King, lead singer of the Gang of Four, was methodically bashing a metal rod against a microwave oven that he found at a recycling dump.
This week the Gang of Four is playing five shows at 2,000-capacity clubs around Britain, and it starts a United States tour with an appearance in California at the Coachella Valley Music Festival, which runs from April 30 to May 1.
The Gang of Four's music was far more ascetic than the Pixies' songs, and its reunion is more modest, with the band members returning to day jobs between stretches of touring.
www.nytimes.com /2005/01/24/arts/music/24gang.html?ei=5088&en=175e49a7a69b65d5&ex=1264309200&partner=rssnyt&pagewanted=print&position=   (1314 words)

 Arts Unlimited | Arts Friday Review | Jerky, punky, funky
Gang of Four were due to appear on Top of the Pops.
However, a jittery BBC asked the band (named after the leadership faction of the Chinese communist party) to tone down their lyrics, particularly changing the word "rubbers" (condoms) to "rubbish".
In fact my daughter started playing drums recently - she plays in a band called the Tints - and the first thing I played her was Gang of Four and told her to learn those beats, because they were so great.
arts.guardian.co.uk /fridayreview/story/0,12102,1384337,00.html   (1803 words)

Gang of Four are in the middle of a seemingly endless U.S. tour.
Gang of Four's original members—the singer Jon King, the guitarist Andy Gill, the bassist Dave Allen, and the drummer Hugo Burnham—recently reunited after more than twenty years to undertake a tour, during which they played in front of kids who have been ripping them off without ever having seen them in action.
But Gang of Four seem particularly hellbent on reviving their younger selves, first with a reunion album that, they've announced, will actually be split between re-recordings of their old songs and reworkings of songs by the bands they've influenced...
www.gangoffour.us /press.php   (6156 words)

 Oregon Music Guide - Volume III, Number 4 - Gang of Four
Out of nowhere, it seemed that some of the best bands of the last twenty years all of a sudden decided it was time to get back together and show the world what they’d missed the first time around.
Gang Of Four began in 1977, the collaboration of four Leeds University students Jon King (vocals), Andy Gill (guitars), Hugo Burnham (drums) and Dave Allen (bass).
Not as widely known but arguably as influential, Gang Of Four built on the political and social themes of the Clash while incorporating elements of funk, soul and — horrors — disco into its sound, creating what at the time was an entirely revolutionary sound.
www.omguide.com /gangoffour_20050408.html   (1094 words)

There was one band called SOS that was doing punk stuff, but that was about it before Gang Of Four did its first gig in May 1977.
Understanding better than anyone the contradictions of their position, Gang Of Four had no choice but to plow through them: analyzing the lies of entertainment at the same time that they worked within the entertainment industry; analyzing the commodification of their lives at the same time that they commodified themselves.
Gang Of Four left behind a body of work that asks a sequence of cogent, critical questions, which have rarely been addressed, let alone answered, in pop music before or since.
webhome.idirect.com /~boweevil/gof.html   (4098 words)

 Seize the Time - Gang of Four and the eternal returns of retro rock. By Simon Reynolds
When the band formed in 1977, singer Jon King and guitarist Andy Gill were enrolled in the University of Leeds' fine art department, then a hotbed of conceptualism and leftist critiques of institutionalized art.
They're not really interested in what the band might have to say now, or where the band members' separate musical journeys have taken them in subsequent decades; they want the band to create "new" songs in their vintage style.
Despite their Maoism-referencing moniker, Gang of Four were never card-carrying Communists (although early on they did operate as a collective, paying their roadies the same wage as the musicians).
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For bands such as Gang of Four, Mission of Burma and Wire, sitting back and complaining about nicked riffs and stolen concepts isn't nearly as satisfying as returning to the stage and showing the now-receptive audiences how it's done.
Gang of Four's two-night stand at The Fillmore in San Francisco, for example, drew sold-out crowds of older fans and younger scenesters curious about a group that serves as the genetic blueprint for so many indie- and dance-rock bands.
With that idiosyncratic style now in vogue and with so many bands overtly referencing Gang of Four's music, further expanding the confines of what is considered dance music, Gill says it was time for the band to make a reappearance.
remixmag.com /mag/remix_gang_four/index.html   (824 words)

 CMT.com : Gang of Four : Biography
Dave Allen (bass), and Hugo Burnham (drums), Gang of Four (along with the Fall, Mekons, and Liliput) produced some of the most exhilarating and lasting music of the early English post-punk era of 1978-1983.
Fueled by the fury of punk rock and radical political theory, Gang of Four successfully welded the two in an inspired display of polemics and music that addressed the vagaries of life in the modern world (including love and romance) as matters of political inquiry.
But legends die hard, and Gang of Four experienced a mini-renaissance in the early '90s with the release of two excellent collections (A Brief History of the Twentieth Century and The Peel Sessions Album).
www.cmt.com /artists/az/gang_of_four/bio.jhtml   (491 words)

 Gang of Four
Around the same time, I started listening to the band Gang of Four (not the be confused by the later Gang of Four of Design Patterns).
The Gang of Four were political but also had a great abrasive sound.
I was reminded of the band the other day by an article in the Boston Globe.
www.bobcongdon.net /blog/2004/03/gang-of-four.html   (160 words)

 TrouserPress.com :: Gang of Four
The band's bracing and style-setting funk-rock gained its edge from lyrics that dissect capitalist society with the cool precision of a surgeon's scalpel.
Gang of Four contains "Armalite Rifle" from the band's 1978 Damaged Goods three-song debut, a non-LP flipside and both sides of the then-current "Outside the Trains Don't Run on Time" 45 (both later re-recorded for Solid Gold).
With such bands as Fugazi, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Rage Against the Machine all boasting a clear Gang of Four influence, and the Henry Rollins/Rick Rubin label reissuing the Britons' absolutely essential masterpiece of a debut, Gang of Four's legacy lasted well into the '90s.
www.trouserpress.com /entry.php?a=gang_of_four   (934 words)

 Gang Of Four - Entertainment (EMI International) - Drawer B Review   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-06)
Released in 1979, Gang Of Four's Entertainment is the quintessential post punk album, representing the first marriage of punk, funk, and politics that actually worked.
The band's use of sarcasm and hyperbole in its political rants made Gang Of Four's music hard for the masses to swallow.
The band only reached the UK Top Forty once with the single "At Home He's A Tourist" and lost its big chance to cast a wider net when it was banned from performing on Britain's Tops Of The Pops for refusing to remove the word "rubbers" from its lyrics.
www.drawerb.com /features/1008695558.htm   (302 words)

 Gang of Four w/ Radio 4 - Quest Club - Minneapolis - 5/10/05   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-06)
My sophomore year of college, I was so steeped in the Gang of Four’s music that I practically spoke their lyrics as mantras before (and after) meals, and used them as email taglines.
What I was most struck by was the bands near spastic yet controlled energy, and the heavy, powerful punch of their live sound.
In another sense though, that particular song is one of many by the Gang of Four that touch on the futility of trying to get ahead in a world where the scales are clearly tipped in the favor of the ruling class.
www.howwastheshow.com /reviews-2005/gang_of_four-05-10-05.html   (836 words)

 San Francisco Bay Guardian | Arts and Entertainment
In any case, Gang of Four were always partial to the notion that our understanding of the world is artificial and often sold to us in fancy packages – not that we have to buy them.
Enlisting another schoolmate, drummer Burnham, and grabbing bassist Allen's interest through an ad, Gang of Four hit the scene at a time when British rock was exploding with creativity.
Of their politics, Gill says, "I never wanted Gang of Four to be a band that was presenting onstage one foot on the monitors, fist raised high, 'Come on, brothers and sisters, we can break the system if we all work together!'...
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 Arts Unlimited | Arts Friday Review | Jerky, punky, funky
In fact, Gang of Four weren't straightforwardly political, taking ideas from the 1968 Paris student uprisings rather than from ideological dogma.
The band approached everything with missionary zeal, whether it was helping set up Rock Against Racism or drunkenly planning a eight-hour mission to Margate to buy "proper" fish and chips.
I liked the idea that a band could express this almost violent aggression without necessarily playing loud or fast, but just through these incredible tones and arrangements and the way things were placed.
arts.guardian.co.uk /fridayreview/story/0,12102,1384337,00.html?...   (1803 words)

Rather than a hard-fast rush with anti-everything lyrics, Gang of Four reconfigured the whole guitar-bass-drum line-up into a harsh, funky sound with distraught, politically-tinged slogans atop.
Gang of Four was radically different from that.
Because Gang of Four was quite radical and extreme in certain ways, some people REALLY loved it and really got it and were really enthusiastic.
www.furious.com /perfect/gangoffour.html   (3549 words)

 Willamette Week Online | Music | MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE | The Gang's All Here (2/9/2005)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-06)
After 23 years apart, post-punk darlings Gang of Four reunite, and Dave Allen is there with a more, um, mature point of view.
Editor's note: If there were a Grammy for most namedropped band of the year, the surly post-punkers of Gang of Four would walk away with the golden gramophone this year.
Gang of Four feeds off that energy; we will have to work hard to maintain our edge tonight.
www.wweek.com /story.php?story=5997   (2012 words)

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