3 January 2023

British indie legends Gang Of Four influenced many post-punk bands,
mainly because of guitarist Andy Gill‘s innovative way of play.

Almost 3 years ago, he passed away due to multiple organ failure and pneumonia.
He was only 1964. Since then, multiple artists paid tribute with covers of Gang Of Four songs.

One of the most notable is the rendition by Portland’s groove turbine
The Dandy Warhols of 1981 track What We All Want. A stunner of
a version. Check it out below.

Could I be happy with something else
I need something to fill my time
Could I be happy with someone else
I need someone to fill my time

The original

GANG OF FOUR: Bio – Discography

(The Dandy Warhols – photo by Turn Up The Volume!)

Synth Pop Duo LA ROUX Covers GANG OF FOUR

27 November 2021

Artists: LA ROUX
London’s synth-pop duo featuring singer
Elly Jackson and producer Ben Langmaid
Active: Since 2006 / 3 studio albums

La Roux is part – along Idles, Gary Numan, Warpaint and more – of
the double LP called The Problem Of Leisure. A tribute to Andy Gill,
the late genial guitarist of post-punk sensation Gang Of Four, who
passed away on 1st February last year – only 64 – due to multiple
organ failure and pneumonia. The records came out last June.

La Roux picked DAMAGED GOODS, GO4’s best-known track,
but not the easiest one to cover unless you turn it entirely upside
down like it happens here with a hip-shaking reggae-like vibe.

Damage some goods here…

The cover is now part of a new 6-track La Roux EP with no less
than 5 remixes of the song. You can stream it all on Spotify.

Gang Of Four original

LA ROUX: Facebook

HELMET Cover GANG OF FOUR – Double ANDY GILL Tribute Album Coming

23 April 2021

Artist: HELMET
Who: Veteran noize-niks from NYC

Cover: IN THE DITCH by British post-punk heroes GANG OF FOUR.

Track from forthcoming Andy Gill (GOF’s late mastermind) double tribute
LP The Problem Of Leisure with great names such as Tom Morello (RAGTM),
Serj Tankian’s (System Of A Down), Massive Attack‘s Robert “3D” Del Naja,
Warpaint and more. Out next month. Order info: here.

Page Hamilton (Frontman Helmet) about their choice: “I chose ‘In the Ditch’ for
this tribute ’cause it’s a great song even though it was challenging. It feels improvised
and random at times but holds together as a composition… My old pal Henry Rollins
reissued the Gang Of Four albums ‘Entertainment!’ and ‘Solid Gold’ back in the ’90s
and asked me to do liner notes for ‘Solid Gold’. I don’t remember what I wrote, but
I know it was glowing, corny and fanboy. “

Here comes Helmet

The original – hard to beat…

An introduction to the tribute album by Andy Gill‘s widow Catherine Mayer

GANG OF FOUR: Facebook

WARPAINT Cover GANG OF FOUR – A Double Tribute Album Comes In May

20 March 2021

A Gang Of Four – Andy Gill tribute album called The Problem Of Leisure
comes out on 28 May to honor the great, influential post-punk band from
Leeds, England
and their legendary guitarist Andy Gill who passed away
in early 2020, only 64. Order info here.

All-female indie rock band Warpaint responded to the invitation for this LP
with a smooth and trippy version of Paralysed, the opening track of GOF‘s
1981 LP Solid Gold.

Gill‘s widow Catherine Mayer “Andy loved the way Warpaint created not only
songs but atmospheres, without sacrificing drive and danceability. The marriage
of their unique sound with ‘Paralysed,’ on the face of it one of the least likely dance
tracks ever, is spectacular.”

Listen here…

The original

GANG OF FOUR: Facebook

out 28 May 2021

His widow Catherine Mayer about the (double) tribute LP…

I Know It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll But It’s… WEEKEND!

24-26 July 2020

Five firecrackers from the past week to boost your weekend…

1. ‘A Boat To Drown In’ by METZ (Canada)
Storming steamroller turning into a trance-like juggernaut halfway.
New album Atlas Vending out 9 October. Pre-order facilities here.

2. ‘…But I’m Tryin’ Hard’ by SHEHEHE (Athens, Georgia)
Red-hot-blooded and supersonic uppercut. A ball-breaker to gaga to…

3. ‘Forever Starts Now’
Electrifying ripper from new Andy Gill tribute EP Anti Hero

4. ‘Police On My Back’ by BILLIE JOE AMSTRONG (US)
Green Day‘s captain recorded robust version of classic hit by 60s beat band The Equals

5. ‘We Share The Same Stars’ by THE SEA AT MIDNIGHT (Los Angeles)
Dazzling the cure waves driven by twilight guitars, propelled by a relentless drum/bass beat, spiced with sparkling synths and a heart-to-heart vox completing the dark picture

See/hear you next week, music junkies…