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Old 09.20.2007, 10:13 PM   #1
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I saw them on the reunion tour. They seriously kick ass live.

Jon King is probably the greatest frontman ever.
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Old 09.20.2007, 10:20 PM   #2
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i don't dance in public, not even if i have had a few drinks

however.......with help of drinks, only two bands have ever made me dance spaztastically, ESG and Gang of Four, that is really high praise

Dave Allen is one of the best bassists out there
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Old 09.20.2007, 10:50 PM   #3
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i really need to give entertainment!, solid gold, etc. a good, full lenght listen.
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Old 09.20.2007, 10:56 PM   #4
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I love Gang Of Four. I regret not seeing them on the last tour.
Here's a couple of my videos of them live in 82:
I Love A Man In Uniform
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z49cmltJJeA
What We All Want
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Old 09.20.2007, 10:59 PM   #5
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Gotta check the Is It Love video!
I like some of the later slick glossy songs, like this.
Classic 80's cheez video though.
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Old 09.20.2007, 11:03 PM   #6
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I bought a compilation tape, which was my first exposure of them, in about 1996...I played it at work in the produce cooler and one of my co workers was quite shocked that I listened to 'this shit'.
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Old 09.20.2007, 11:11 PM   #7
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To Hell With Poverty(Old Grey Whistle Test): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPJHQmJAiKA


The first live footage I ever saw of them was on a borrowed copy of Urgh! But it keeps getting deleted from sites because of copyrights .

I need to get a torrent of urgh!
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Old 09.21.2007, 04:55 AM   #8
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I loved them as a freshman in high school. everyone else was listening to nofx and op ivy and rancid on the bus and I was listening to wire, gang of four.. mr. bungle. haha. that's what punk should be like.

that being said, i haven't really pulled out a gang of four album in years. they're actually quite boring, in retrospect. they have some good bass lines and some good lyrics and their guitarist is... interesting... but they're just a bit.... boring to me now (i don't know if i just realized they're boring or if i just played them to death; a little of a, a little of b?). I LOVE "solid gold", it's about 100 times better than entertainment!. and i also named my livejournal (hah) after a gang of four song... "white noise in a white room." so yeah. they've been influential to me a bit. like most bands, their ep's are probably better than their full lengths.. and their later albums are terrible. i'd still reccomend "solid gold", though, i got many plays out of that. "paralyzed" has to be one of the best songs ever.

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Old 09.21.2007, 04:58 AM   #9
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Am I the only one who thinks Solid gold is better than Entertainment! ?

EDIT: I hadn't seen atsonicpark's post
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Old 09.21.2007, 05:06 AM   #10
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When I saw them it was a bit dull. I mean, they did put on a great show but .... i don't know, i guess they are pricks.
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Old 09.21.2007, 05:12 AM   #11
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heheh, that shit happens all the time. someone posts the same thing at the same time as me.

yeah, "solid gold" is waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay better. i love the production on it; have never heard a record produced like that (except filter - short bus, but uh.. that's another story). how the fuck did they get the whole thing to sound so DARK?
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Old 09.21.2007, 09:22 AM   #12
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Good band. Great sing-a-long songs. I really love the simplistic guitar playing. Hearing the guitar and bass play off eachother in their songs is always awesome.
But, I bought a Gang Of Four tape from goodwill. It was some shitty one with a picture of a dog on the front. it waS TERRRIBLE
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Old 09.21.2007, 09:25 AM   #13
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I missed them at ATP last year. There was a queue, and I'd had enough of queueing. I wish I'd seen them though.
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Old 09.21.2007, 09:26 AM   #14
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But, I bought a Gang Of Four tape from goodwill. It was some shitty one with a picture of a dog on the front. it waS TERRRIBLE



dunno why but that made me laugh for a minute.
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Old 09.21.2007, 09:52 AM   #15
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Am I the only one who thinks Solid gold is better than Entertainment! ?

I think some of the songs on Solid Gold are their best but as an album Entertainment is probably better...like, Cheeseburger is kind of a cheesey song whereas Entertainment doesn't have any cheesey songs. And unlike the above poster I'm not the biggest fan of Paralyzed (although I think they did do a differently cool version on a Peel session once).

I was looking at the song titles at this amazingly detailed discog!
http://www.notgreatmen.com/gof_d.html
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Old 09.21.2007, 11:27 AM   #16
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Cheeseburger is a great song.

I'm on the wheels of the company truck!
On the road, and all alone!


As far as them being boring, *cough*AtSonicPark*cough* they seem to me to be a band that is better the louder they are. Those drumbeats get to you.

I know how you feel about listening to Gang of Four when everyone else was listening to NOFX and that shit. All the punk kids were like "who's gang of four?"

Ever notice the best 80's punk bands were the ones influenced by Gang of Four/Wire?
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Old 09.22.2007, 10:06 PM   #17
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cheeseburger is amazing.

speaking of wire (one of my favorite bands ever), i just heard "whore" (the tribute album) for the first time. it's amazing!!!!!! a lot of those covers are great!
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Old 09.22.2007, 11:23 PM   #18
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I've never heard of the album Whore. Is that the one with the sucky MBV cover of Map Reference on it?
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Old 09.22.2007, 11:27 PM   #19
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it is.

that's not too bad of a cover, though the godflesh, lee ranaldo, lush, fudge tunnel, etc. covers are greater!
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Old 09.23.2007, 12:57 AM   #20
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I dig Songs Of The Free too, and parts of Hard.
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