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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GANG OF FOUR: Biography – All Albums – Facebook


Back sleeve

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

GANG OF FOUR: Facebook – Website – All Albums

Striking Singles Turning 40 In 2018 – Here Are TURN UP THE VOLUME’S 10 Winners…

Going back in sonic history…

1978 was one of the highlight years
for stand out punk/new wave singles
Really tough to choose only ten!
Here are TURN UP THE VOLUME’S
top picks (some great sleeves too)

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1/ ‘Hong Kong Garden’ by SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES
Oriental riffs and Siouxsie‘s pitch black voice…
Released: 18 August 1978 – debut single

2/ ‘(White Man) In Hammersmith Palais’ by THE CLASH
Barbed wire reggae à la The Clash
Released: 16 June 1978

3/ ‘Public Image’ by PUBLIC IMAGE LTD
Goodbye Pistols, hello PIL
Released: 13 October 1978 – debut single

4/ ‘Damaged Goods’ by GANG OF FOUR
The band’s smashing debut 45…
Released: 13 October 1978

5/ ‘Where Were You’ by THE MEKONS
Explosive like a molotov cocktail…

6/ ‘Pump It Up’ by ELVIS COSTELLO
Costello‘s sex song…
Released: 28 April 1978

7/ ‘Shot By Both Sides’ by MAGAZINE
Howard Devoto‘s glorious paranoia stroke…
Released: 20 January 1978

8/ ‘Down In The Tube Station At Midnight’ by THE JAM
Molestation in the London Underground…
Released: 13 October 1978

9/ ‘Ambition’ by SUBWAY SECT
Founder Vic Godard was a underrated genius…

10/ ‘Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve) by BUZZC0CKS
One of their many speedy pop punk crackers…