Second Album By Legends GANG OF FOUR – Here’s ‘SOLID GOLD’ (1981)

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‘SOLID GOLD’ by GANG OF FOUR
Released: March 1981 / Second longplayer

ALL MUSIC review: “Gang of Four’s existence had as much to do with Slave and Chic as
it did the Sex Pistols and the Stooges, which is something Solid Gold demonstrates more
than ‘Entertainment!’ Any smartypants can point out the irony of a band on Warner Bros.
railing against systematic tools of control disguised as entertainment media, but ‘Gang of
Four’ were more observational than condescending… This is a nickel less spectacular than
the debut, but owning one and not the other would be criminal.”

Score: 4,5/5 – Full review here

TURN UP THE VOLUME! says: The post-punk champs of crackling guitar riffs,
manic rhythms and freakish funk punk. The most influential – worldwide – of a
rad DIY generation with Wire, The Mekons, The Pop Group and The Slits. And still
heavily influential today. Bands such as Parquet Courts, LCD Soundsystem, Bodega,
early Arctic Monkeys, Bloc Party and many more know all GO4 records by hard.

Three highlights: What We All Want / Outside The Trains Don’t Run On Time /
He’d Send In The Army

– WHAT WE ALL WANT –

– OUTSIDE THE TRAINS DON’T RUN ON TIME –

– HE’D SEND IN THE ARMY –

ALBUM in full…

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GANG OF FOUR Released Their Influential Debut Album ‘ENTERTAINMENT!’ 40 Years Ago…

24 September 2019

Leeds‘ post-punk legends GANG OF FOUR released their ingenious and influential debut album ENTERTAINMENT! on 25 September 1979, 40 years ago. Their raw and snappy fusion of punk intensity, crepitating funk rhythms and spiky dub and their, lyrically, social and political criticism made them one of the most important groups of the late 1970s/early 1980s post-punk movement. ‘Entertainment!’ was ranked as fifth-greatest punk album of all time by Rolling Stone Magazine.

AllMusic wrote: “Entertainment! is one of those records where germs of influence can be traced through many genres and countless bands, both favorably and unfavorably. From groups whose awareness of genealogy spreads wide enough to openly acknowledge Gang of Four’s influence (Fugazi, Rage Against the Machine), to those not in touch with their ancestry enough to realize it (rap-metal, some indie rock) — all have appropriated elements of their forefathers’ trailblazing contribution. Its vaguely funky rhythmic twitch, its pungent, pointillistic guitar stoccados, and its spoken/shouted vocals have all been picked up by many.”
Full review here. Score: 5/5

Key tracks tracks: Ether / Damaged Goods / I Found That Essence Rare /
At Home He’s A Tourist / Love Like Anthrax

Album in full…

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YESTERDAY’S CRACKERS – This Week: 25 Killer Tracks And 3 Top LP’s From 1979…

The best of the past

Every week Turn Up The Volume! jumps into the past! Relive 25 Crackers and
3 Top Albums per year/per week. Here’s another firework year to remember: 1979.

The 25 KILLER TRACKS

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The 3 TOP ALBUMS

Unknown Pleasures by JOY DIVISION

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Metal Box by PUBLIC IMAGE LTD

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‘London Calling’ by THE CLASH

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See/hear you next week for the year of 1980…

YESTERDAY’S CRACKERS – This Week: 25 Killer Tracks And 3 Top LP’s From 1978…

The best of the past

Every week Turn Up The Volume! jumps into the past! Relive 25 Crackers and
3 Top Albums per year/per week. Here’s another fabulous year to remember: 1978.

The 25 KILLER TRACKS

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The 3 TOP ALBUMS

– ‘All Mod Cons‘ by THE JAM

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– ‘Parallel Lines‘ by BLONDIE

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‘This Year’s Model’ by ELVIS COSTELLO

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See/hear you next week for the year of 1979…

TODAY’S YESTERDAY ALBUM – Entertainment! – Debut LP By GANG OF FOUR

Remarkable albums from the past

Entertainment!
GANG OF FOUR

Released: 25 Sept 1979
Debut longplayer

PITCHFORK wrote: “Gang of Four were a pop band. Their funk was no less stark or forbidding than, say, the more astringent Timbaland productions. They certainly weren’t as twitchy, speedy, or noisy as James Brown at his most energized. Their great innovation– Andy Gill’s morse code guitar, as if playing a riff for more than a few bars caused him physical pain– is post-punk’s most ripped-off idea after badly played disco drums. They had attitude, energy, the big beat, skilled players funneling their virtuosity into the necessary notes, a handy way with a catchphrase, and sweaty live performances. Sounds like pop to me.”
Score: 9.5/10 – Full review here

TURN UP THE VOLUME says: Entertainment! = classic post-punk LP…

TOP TRACK: still as haunting today as back then… DAMAGED GOODS

Album in full

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