Matador Records will release GANG OF FOUR: 77-81, a stunning, limited edition box set gathering Gang of Four's influential early work.

The book details the history and legacy of the original Gang of Four with never before seen photos, contributions from surviving original band members, rare posters, ephemera, flyers, essays, artwork, liner notes and more. It also marks the first official publication of their lyrics.

Gang of Four was formed in Leeds in 1976 by bassist Dave Allen, drummer Hugo Burnham, guitarist Andy Gill, and singer Jon King. The band pioneered a style of music that inverted punk's blunt and explosive energies - favoring tense rhythms, percussive guitars, and lyrics that traded in Marxist theory and situationism. They put every element of the traditional "rock band" format to question, from notions of harmony and rhythm to presentation and performance.

This original lineup of the band released two monumental albums, Entertainment! (1979) and Solid Gold (1981). A third, Songs of the Free (1982), was recorded with bassist Sara Lee replacing Dave Allen. After Songs Of The Free, Burnham departed the band and Andy Gill and Jon King continued on to release Hard in 1983. After this release, the band broke up. In 2004, the original quartet reformed for tour dates and released Return The Gift (2005).

Gill's untimely death in February 2020 was cause for many to once again re-examine the group's catalog and the legacy of these early releases was widely cited. Not only did Gang of Four's music speak to the generation of musicians, activists, writers, and visual artists that emerged in the group's immediate wake, but the generation after that. And the generation after that, even.

In the last few years, their songs have continued to resonate with and been sampled by artists far afield from "post-punk," including Run the Jewels ("The Ground Below") and Frank Ocean ("Futura Free"). Now forty years since the original release of Entertainment!, Gang of Four's legacy cannot be overstated.

MATADOR RECORDS - GANG OF FOUR / 77-81

Matador Records will release GANG OF FOUR: 77-81, a stunning, limited edition box set gathering Gang of Four's influential early work.

The book details the history and legacy of the original Gang of Four with never before seen photos, contributions from surviving original band members, rare posters, ephemera, flyers, essays, artwork, liner notes and more. It also marks the first official publication of their lyrics.

Gang of Four was formed in Leeds in 1976 by bassist Dave Allen, drummer Hugo Burnham, guitarist Andy Gill, and singer Jon King. The band pioneered a style of music that inverted punk's blunt and explosive energies - favoring tense rhythms, percussive guitars, and lyrics that traded in Marxist theory and situationism. They put every element of the traditional "rock band" format to question, from notions of harmony and rhythm to presentation and performance.

This original lineup of the band released two monumental albums, Entertainment! (1979) and Solid Gold (1981). A third, Songs of the Free (1982), was recorded with bassist Sara Lee replacing Dave Allen. After Songs Of The Free, Burnham departed the band and Andy Gill and Jon King continued on to release Hard in 1983. After this release, the band broke up. In 2004, the original quartet reformed for tour dates and released Return The Gift (2005).

Gill's untimely death in February 2020 was cause for many to once again re-examine the group's catalog and the legacy of these early releases was widely cited. Not only did Gang of Four's music speak to the generation of musicians, activists, writers, and visual artists that emerged in the group's immediate wake, but the generation after that. And the generation after that, even.

In the last few years, their songs have continued to resonate with and been sampled by artists far afield from "post-punk," including Run the Jewels ("The Ground Below") and Frank Ocean ("Futura Free"). Now forty years since the original release of Entertainment!, Gang of Four's legacy cannot be overstated.

MATADOR RECORDS - GANG OF FOUR / 77-81

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Format: CD
Label: MAT
Rel. Date: 05/21/2021
UPC: 191401157025

77-81 [4CD]
Artist: Gang Of Four
Format: CD
New: Available $79.99
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Available Formats and Editions

DISC: 1

1. ENTERTAINMENT!
2. Ether
3. Natural's Not In It
4. Not Great Men
5. Damaged Goods
6. Return The Gift
7. Guns Before Butter
8. I Found That Essence Rare
9. Glass
10. Contract
11. At Home He's A Tourist
12. Track 12
13. Track 13
14. Love Like Anthrax
15. SOLID GOLD
16. Paralysed
17. What We All Want
18. If I Could Keep It For Myself
19. Outside The Trains Don't Run On Time
20. Why Theory?
21. Cheeseburger
22. The Republic
23. In The Ditch
24. A Hole In The Wallet
25. He'd Send In The Army
26. SINGLES
27. To Hell With Poverty
28. It's Her Factory
29. Armalite Rifle
30. Capital (It Fails Us Now)
31. History's Bunk!
32. Cheeseburger (Live) *
33. What We All Want (Live) *
34. *Live at Hammersmith Palais
35. LIVE AT AMERICAN INDIAN CENTER 1980
36. A
37. Not Great Men
38. A
39. Contract
40. A
41. Outside The Trains Don't Run On Time
42. A
43. Damaged Goods
44. B
45. He'd Send In The Army
46. B
47. Guns Before Butter
48. B
49. Track 49
50. Track 50
51. C
52. Anthrax
53. C
54. It's Her Factory
55. C
56. Ether
57. C
58. Natural's Not In It
59. D
60. At Home He's A Tourist
61. D
62. Rosanne
63. D
64. Return The Gift
65. D
66. Glass
67. CASSETTE
68. SIDE A -THE EARLY DEMOS (VARIOUS)
69. I) REHEARSAL ROOM - LEEDS, 1977-78
70. The Things You Do
71. What You Ask For
72. Armalite Rifle
73. Love Like Anthrax
74. Silence Is Not Useful
75. Disco Sound
76. Damaged Goods
77. Elevator
78. II) CARGO DEMOS - CARGO STUDIO, ROCHDALE
79. Song One
80. Song Two
81. iii) THE TAPES - POLYDOR STUDIOS, JAN 1978
82. Essence Rare
83. Tourist
84. Return The Gift
85. Track 85
86. Track 86
87. Corked Up With The Ether
88. SIDE B - ABBEY ROAD DEMOS
89. FROM 5TH JANUARY 1981 - (single track from cassette)
90. Why Theory
91. Cargo
92. Trains
93. Army
94. Disco/Funk
95. Dog's Breath
96. Asshole
97. Cymbal
98. Reverb
99. Cheeseburger
100. Ditch

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Matador Records will release GANG OF FOUR: 77-81, a stunning, limited edition box set gathering Gang of Four's influential early work.

The book details the history and legacy of the original Gang of Four with never before seen photos, contributions from surviving original band members, rare posters, ephemera, flyers, essays, artwork, liner notes and more. It also marks the first official publication of their lyrics.

Gang of Four was formed in Leeds in 1976 by bassist Dave Allen, drummer Hugo Burnham, guitarist Andy Gill, and singer Jon King. The band pioneered a style of music that inverted punk's blunt and explosive energies - favoring tense rhythms, percussive guitars, and lyrics that traded in Marxist theory and situationism. They put every element of the traditional "rock band" format to question, from notions of harmony and rhythm to presentation and performance.

This original lineup of the band released two monumental albums, Entertainment! (1979) and Solid Gold (1981). A third, Songs of the Free (1982), was recorded with bassist Sara Lee replacing Dave Allen. After Songs Of The Free, Burnham departed the band and Andy Gill and Jon King continued on to release Hard in 1983. After this release, the band broke up. In 2004, the original quartet reformed for tour dates and released Return The Gift (2005).

Gill's untimely death in February 2020 was cause for many to once again re-examine the group's catalog and the legacy of these early releases was widely cited. Not only did Gang of Four's music speak to the generation of musicians, activists, writers, and visual artists that emerged in the group's immediate wake, but the generation after that. And the generation after that, even.

In the last few years, their songs have continued to resonate with and been sampled by artists far afield from "post-punk," including Run the Jewels ("The Ground Below") and Frank Ocean ("Futura Free"). Now forty years since the original release of Entertainment!, Gang of Four's legacy cannot be overstated.

MATADOR RECORDS - GANG OF FOUR / 77-81