Gang of Four - Entertainment!
NME.COM feature on Gang of Four - Entertainment! album including album review, artwork, tracks, listen now, tour dates, discography and more.
Release date: 24 April 2001
Their first album for 16 years sounds curiously retrograde
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Gang of Four - Entertainment!: Wikipedia Album Entry
Entertainment! is Gang of Four's debut LP, released in 1979. As a so-called post-punk record, it exhibits a tendency in bands from their time to take the then nascent punk rock style and experiment with its manifestations. This is definitely not a typical punk record in the sense of The Ramones' quick pop riffing or The Velvet Underground's too-cool to care attitude; Gang of Four's particular twist on the punk sound featured here used generally quick tempos as usual, but a different rhythmic attack with angular, sharp chords that stabbed into the music with staccato accents against a funkier, jammier bass and drum backdrop. The lyrical matter deals with Marxist politics and sociological critiques that reflected the band's own postmodern political bent. Many modern punk bands are certainly indebted to the sonic work this band did long ago, and this record is often cited as a touchstone influence. In fact, direct sonic followers The Futureheads employed Gang of Four's guitarist on this album (and others), the inimitable Andy Gill, to produce their studio LPs. Entertainment! is, without a doubt, one of the finest punk records ever.
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