Gang of Four

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  1. roadfilm

    roadfilm Member

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    I'm just putting this up cause I'm on a 'Gang of Four' Kick and I'm remembering how much I loved Andy Gill's angular guitar attack. Any other fans?

     
  2. A-Bone

    A-Bone Montonero, MOY, Multitudes Gold Supporting Member

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    Early Gang of four was intense, driven by Andy. They sorta lost the intensity later on.
    His early guitar was a white hot poker!
     
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    A-Bone Montonero, MOY, Multitudes Gold Supporting Member

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    What years are we talking here?
     
  6. Dave2512

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    Love it remember feeling like someone was throwing glass at me first time I heard it.
     
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    I would have to look. It has been a long time. I have an anthology and recall that as the band progressed, Andy's guitar lost some of that "on the verge of exploding" sound. Dave's post above is a good analogy- like broken glass.
     
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    "Yoodge Fan."

    Paralysed.

    A friend and I connected with them after a show in 2008. I think I am still recuperating. Saw them at the Paradise, the Rat, the Channel, the Bradford all in Boston, "back in the day".
     
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    Oh, yes, in a big way. Earliest was best, but I have to say it was a kick to hear "I Love a Man in a Uniform" on the radio - a lot - and I still buy all the records.
     
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  10. Clyde Billt

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    Used to do Damaged Goods back in the day.
    Was great to play such an edgy song. You can really get the aggression out.

    I love Andy's playing. So angry and angular.

    OGWT clip


    I found this while having a google.
    If there are any old brit musos on here then this will put a smile on your face :)

    Gang of Four on Rockschool
     
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    Love Andy Gill's playing. So unique and inventive. Though let's not forget Dave Allen simply killing it on the bass. Liquid, funky and awesome.
     
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    Crucial. Absolute innovators. Here in DC - the earliest material is sacrosanct. Just completely worshipped. If you say one good word about Songs of Free, which is my favorite (those atmospheres from Gill, jagged, shearing sheets of metallic sound, with deep hooks and groove at every turn), you are spat upon. A real fascism here. I hate it.

    So yes - I love them. And some years ago - the last time King sang - they were amazing. Cant get up with the idea of a new singer.

    Gill produced the 2003 release from Killing Joke - a smart partnership that was a long time coming.
     
  13. MKB

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    One of my faves on Urgh: A Music War (a fantastic movie from the early 80s, a must watch). Awesome use of space, and the skronkiest guitar since Arto Lindsay:
     
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    Here's what sets them apart (for me at least) from the noiseniks and nowave "art damaged" skronkers....one word:

    SWAGGER.

    It's an attitude...it's how they carry themselves and it seeps into the sound without question. A kind of cool I can never touch, but just stand back and admire.
     
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    Now here's a thread I can get into

     
  16. Clyde Billt

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    People, this thread is making my day!

    @MKB f'kin ace clip dude.
    @(Something) video not available geezer

    Skronk? :dunno

    Yes!
     
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  17. (Something)

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    ****. Alright, let's try this one

     
  18. e-z

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    Love Gang of Four. Their aesthetic, lyrically and musically, is so sharp. The version of "We Live as We Dream, Alone" from the At the Palace EP got a lot of play on my college radio show.
     
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  19. roadfilm

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    Dave is one of the greats. Loved the early Shriekback stuff too.
     
  20. MKB

    MKB Silver Supporting Member

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    I think Arto Lindsay was the chief skronker. You kind of have to hear it to get it. So, check out the solo:

    More of the same:
     

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