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Re: Band: Gang of Four

Postby Dr. Geek on Thu Jun 30, 2011 11:47 am

Yesterday, I gave the latest album Content an attentive listen.

Save for one or two gems, the album is horrible. Opening with what sounds like a nu-metal song? Trying to ape the bands that aped you? Lacking any cohesive vision throughout?

I'm embarrased for these guys.
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Re: Band: Gang of Four

Postby MWilke on Fri Jul 01, 2011 11:07 am

Yeah, I like that 'You'll Never Pay For the Farm' but I saw them on the tour for this record this past winter. The bathroom and bar lines swelled when they weren't dipping into the past.

Their style is a young man's game. It's just hard to expect them to make records that rival those early records as older men. But they were still very good live.
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Re: Band: Gang of Four

Postby i am the smud on Fri Jul 01, 2011 11:09 am

MWilke wrote:
Their style is a young man's game.


That is a bullshit excuse to make for these tired hacks. Wire, Mission of Burma, Nomeansno and Shellac are still releasing some cool shit, and they ain't spring chickens

Let's face it, GO4 blew their load after those first couple of (amazing) albums and have been on a rapid decline for the past 30 years. Honestly, as much as it hurts to say this, I'm going to have to vote CRAP on GO4. There is no excuse for insufferably bland shit like "Hard" and "Mall"

Rolling Stone isn't worth the paper it's printed on, but they had a rare moment brilliance when they had this to say about "Content": "It's anti-capitalist in that you won't enjoy owning it."
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Re: Band: Gang of Four

Postby MWilke on Fri Jul 01, 2011 12:59 pm

Those bands are exceptions to the rule. By and large bands that were more known for their sound, particularly an aggressive sound, rather than their songwriting tend to age more poorly than the opposite.

I'm not making an excuse for the band. 'Content' was terrible. But having expectations of an album released 30+ years after Entertainment being in the same conversation is just misguided. They were young men when Entertainment and Solid Gold came out, so the aggression and passion in their sound was congruent with who they were as people. Now they are middle aged men trying to recapture and sustain that feeling and energy. Too much time has gone by. It happens to most. I'm not turning my back on Entertainment because they can't get it done in their 50s.
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Re: Band: Gang of Four

Postby Yngwie Einstein on Fri Jul 01, 2011 1:05 pm

At least with Burma and Shellac, it is essentially the original lineup. With Gof4, half the band are hired guns. The show at Metro this year wasn't the worst thing I've seen, but Jon King really shouldn't be dancing shirtless in a leather jacket at his age. Cree-ee-ee-eepy.
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Re: Band: Gang of Four

Postby alex maiolo on Fri Jul 01, 2011 1:50 pm

When the original 4 were playing, I liked the reunion shows. I thought they sounded great and looked cool.
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Re: Band: Gang of Four

Postby WeStartToDrift on Sun Jul 03, 2011 3:57 am

Solid Gold and Entertainment are absolutely unfuckwithable.
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Re: Band: Gang of Four

Postby emmanuelle cunt on Sun Jul 03, 2011 1:05 pm

mr.arrison wrote:
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mr.arrison wrote:I was in a Target buying cat litter and toothpaste. Walking by the electronics section, I heard Gang Of Four piping through every single flat-screen TV on the wall. It was that XBox commercial.. For some reason I got terribly depressed.


Jesus, I just fucking saw this.

here it is for the rest of you.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVI2YI9o ... r_embedded


Yeah, I just talked to mrs.arrison about selling the TV and returning the fucking Tivo. Auugh. It's like that Volvo commercial with the Minutemen song in it.



Other Volvo commercial had a Nina Nastasia song in it. Hi there, Volvo PR person.
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Re: Band: Gang of Four

Postby Adam Sr on Wed Mar 13, 2013 2:19 pm

New GoF (aka Andy Gill solo project):

https://soundcloud.com/gangoffour
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Re: Band: Gang of Four

Postby countwatula on Wed Mar 13, 2013 3:09 pm

Pretty objectively good rock music (Entertainment, anyway), but something about them just makes me roll my eyes. THIS HEAVEN GIVES ME MEE-GRAINE. THIS HEAVEN GIVES ME MEE-GWAINE. Urrgh.
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Re: Band: Gang of Four

Postby timpickens on Wed Mar 13, 2013 4:02 pm

Anyone read this?
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Re: Band: Gang of Four

Postby Bill Swansea on Wed Jul 17, 2013 1:23 pm

The older I get, the more this song punches me in the chest in a really fucking unpleasant way.



blinkered. paralysed. flat on my back.
they said our world is built in endeavour
but every man is for himself
wealth is for the one that wants it
paradise if you can earn it
history’s the reason
i’m washed out
blinkered. paralysed. flat on my back.
my ambitions come to nothing
what i wanted now seems just a waste of time
i can’t make out what has gone wrong
i was good at what i did
the crows come home to roost and I’m the dupe


It's a cliché to suggest that this song resonates more now than it does in 1981. I think it's always resonated in exactly the same way, but I can't think of a song that explicitly states just how much of a fucking dreadfully sad thing the career ladder and maybe even the majority of adult/working life is. Yes, you can say Gang of Four had a way of flirting with Sixth Form politics and theories (I agree with neither) but it's easy to forget they could hit you so bare and emotionally like on this song. No tune. Barely anything remotely funky. No singing. No chorus. Here's how it is. Take it or leave it.
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Re: Band: Gang of Four

Postby i am the smud on Wed Jul 17, 2013 1:28 pm

The way he delivers "I was good at what I did" is so pained, it sounds earned. That line always gets to me.
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Re: Band: Gang of Four

Postby Bill Swansea on Wed Jul 17, 2013 1:31 pm

i am the smud wrote:The way he delivers "I was good at what I did" is so pained, it sounds earned. That line always gets to me.

Indeed. And I think critics at the time were thinking too specifically when they declared it was about miners when it came out (even Gill says it isn't about losing a job at all - though I think he must have been feeling bit contrary when he said), I think it really could apply to the majority of people.
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Re: Band: Gang of Four

Postby honeyisfunny on Thu Jul 18, 2013 7:36 am

Playing at a festival in Leeds with GO4 in September. Their show is at the Brudenell on Sept 28 in the evening and Kogumaza play a matinee just down the road at Hyde Park Picture House with Vibracathedral Orchestra beforehand. The fest is called Recon so search it out...
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Re: Band: Gang of Four

Postby Bernardo on Fri Oct 11, 2013 12:32 pm

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Re: Band: Gang of Four

Postby Andrew. on Fri Oct 11, 2013 10:59 pm

When we recorded 'Entertainment!', I was very interested in Situationism and Andy & I were excited by the ideas of Foucault & Lacan & behind all this how much of what we do or think is a construct. Our professor, the brilliant TJ Clarke, who later became a friend, challenged us to deconstruct what we received and hunt down the meaning within the meaning.


For anyone unfamiliar with TJ Clark:

http://www.dictionaryofarthistorians.org/clarkt.htm
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Re: Band: Gang of Four

Postby i'm not beck on Sat Oct 12, 2013 1:06 am

Yugoslavian Gang of 4.
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Re: Band: Gang of Four

Postby Bernardo on Sun Nov 10, 2013 2:22 am

I did not know this:

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Re: Band: Gang of Four

Postby jurgis rudkus on Sun Nov 10, 2013 10:01 am

Wish I did not know this:

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