Progrography

Gang of Four
Every once in a while, the forces of musical resistance coalesce into a vision of perfect clarity. That was the sense you had when you first heard Entertainment! Sure, you'd heard some of this before in the work of contemporaries like The Clash, The B-52's, XTC and The Stranglers. But no one was saying it as succinctly as this Gang were: guitars that slapped you in the face, flatly read vocals that sought to incite a revolution against capitalism, and a funk/punk rhythm section that made the whole thing a guilty pleasure. The Sex Pistols were anarchists, The Clash just working-class blokes at heart, but Gang of Four struck at the malaise in America: capitalism that had robbed a nation of its natural resistance by sating its basest needs (food, sex, television). After fighting the good fight for a few albums, the band dissolved only to re-form in the '90s. As with many of the early punk bands, Gang of Four's impact on music was far more important than its short career would suggest.

Date ALBUMS / Singles
1978 Damaged Goods
1979 ENTERTAINMENT!
1979 June At Home He's A Tourist
1980 Outside The Trains Don't Run On Time
1981 May SOLID GOLD
1981 What We All Want
1981 To Hell With Poverty
1982 January ANOTHER DAY/ANOTHER DOLLAR (EP)
1982 Lord Make Me A Cowboy
1982 SONGS OF THE FREE
1982 May I Love A Man In A Uniform
1982 Call Me Up
1983 HARD
1983 SELECTIONS FROM HARD (EP)
1983 Is It Love
1983 Silver Lining
1984 AT THE PALACE
1984 Is It Love (live)
1986 THE PEEL SESSIONS
1990 Money Talks
1990 November 6 A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
1990 FOUR FROM A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY (EP)
1991 May 7 MALL
1991 TO HELL WITH POVERTY - THE LOADED REMIX EP
1991 Cadillac
1991 Don't Fix What Ain't Broke
1991 Satellite
1995 Tattoo
1995 September 19 SHRINKWRAPPED
1996 I PARADE MYSELF (EP)
1998 November 3 100 FLOWERS BLOOM
2005 October 11 RETURN THE GIFT

SEE ALSO...
SHRIEKBACK discography
NDN Records' awesome visual discography of Go4

 

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