Entertainment! is the debut album by English post-punk band Gang of Four. It was released in September 1979 through EMI Records internationally and Warner Bros. Records in North America. Stylistically, it draws heavily on punk rock but also incorporates the influence of funk, dance music, reggae and dub. Its lyrics and artwork reflected the band's left-wing political concerns. It would be an influential release in the burgeoning post-punk movement. In 2020, Entertainment! was ranked at number 273 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.Wikipedia
Like being hit across the back of the head with a frying pan wrapped in barbed wire. Spiky, cold and indifferent to your feelings; a lot like my first girlfriend. Except this album didn't give me a hand job round the back of a youth club. Best Tracks: Natural's Not In It; Damaged Goods; I Found That Essence Rare
Never heard of this group. Very bright, punchy punk. Reminds me a bit of Parquet Courts. Wikipedia describes a lot of political lyrics and themes--I'm gonna take their word for it because I don't find myself catching many lyrics on here, aside from "Your kiss so sweet.....your sweat so sour." Damn, what a line. "Damaged Goods" is awesome. If the whole album had that energy, I'd be head over heels for this. Alas, we got what we got. It's still good, but I won't be cosigning the classic status. Favorite tracks: Damaged Goods (by a mile), I Found That Essence Rare, Not Great Men. Album art: Really like this one. The color choices are terrific. I love how much of this is just empty space. The three-panel story on the right is a great political statement, much more conspicuous than the lyrics. This whole cover fits the album well. 3.5/5
Love the bass forward sound. Love when bass has more of an equal share in the mix and more freedom to be a melodic contributor alongside the guitar, rather than simply being a support. I'd argue that the bass is actually driving the hooks here and is in a sense the main the melodic instrument, with the guitar playing more of an accent /support role stabbing in there with a really trebly sound. Lots of interesting changes and movement/stopping/in/out/bursts of energy. I'm a sucker for this flatter yet still passionate singing style too. Like the way they seem to cut in lower fidelity possibly demo recordings into the mix for effect at certain points throughout. Lyrics and subject matter are my cup of tea. Not too much love and relationships shit here. Punk with a college degree. I might be an Anglophile. Listened to this several times.
What is there to say about this album that hasn't already been said? Post punk classic, through and through. I love the weird angular guitar work glued together with infectiously funky rhythms. Lyrics are on point and carry some significant weight; it's one of the better examples of politically driven lyrics without being whiny or preachy. Total shame what the band has become these days, a low resolution nostalgia cash grab. This album is extremely influential to me. I think Solid Gold has better songs, but as an album its the most solid of them all in their discography. Mandatory listening no matter who you are or what you like.
One of my all time favorite albums. Funky as fuck, with shredding guitars, a rhythm section that cooks and great great lyrics. I am envious of those among you that are going to discover this album and experience it anew like I did some 40 years you're in for a treat. 5 🌟
Great album with interesting rhythms and topical lyrics. This album was also hugely influential on later bands and is considered to be one of the greatest albums of the 70s. I found the mix of post-punk, funk, and dub to be particularly compelling
It's hard for me to adequately convey the impact this album had on me when it came out. I was about 18 or 19 when I first heard this album. I was just coming out if my prog rock high school days and was ready for a new sound that got my ass moving as well as my mind. I had never heard anything like this before. A rhythm section that demanded attention...that grabbed hold and would simply not let go. Stabbing guitar that was more color and mood than lead instrument. And the singing...real English accents that I found so damn charming. This album and Wire's first three were at the centre of a musical epiphany for me that 40 years later continues to shape my musical tastes. 5 🌟 (I'd give it 6 if I could)
Another completely new thing to me. Punk. Okay. Punk-ish. The song *Natural's Not In It* could even be AltRock. This album could have been dropped in 2000 and kinda fit in with Jet, The Vines, and The Hives. Okay. Maybe that's a stretch but whatever. What I type here doesn't really matter. Fuck conformity and fuck the establishment. I am not a punk rock fan, but this was really good. I did not expect to like this as much as I did. oh and fuck the hippies too. Favorite song: Damaged Goods.
At first this was a 4, but upon repeat listens it really deserves its 5 status. I'm not sure what it even means in this context, but the one word I think about this album is 'angular'. Great stuff from top to bottom, and Contract really stood out to me, especially since it isn't considered one of the top tracks on here. Full album experience.
I wish I could give this more than 5 stars. This album is straight fire all the way through and I cannot get enough of the guitar in At Home He's A Tourist.
One of my favourite albums, still as good now as when I first heard it as a teenager and hasn't really dated at all. Love the sound of everything, and it values close listening - the bass and guitar in particular. Intelligent, anti-consumerist/capitalist/imperialist lyrics, coupled with funky jams - what more could you want?
I mean, it's great. If you're into punk, this is going to work for you. It's everything you love about punk - all the energy and the sheer, nihilistic joy - but with the added spice of funky beats, great production, and skillful arrangements. I just loved it.
Here, amongst the explosion of post-punk record in the late 70s and early 80s, we see the beginnings of dance-punk, which had the tone and energy of punk/post-punk alongside danceable rhythms similar to funk and disco. Entertainment! is easily the best of these early dance-punk records. Politically-charged and stilted with jagged guitar riffs, Gang of Four sounds unlike any other band from this time. Drummer Hugo Burnham holds it down so well, with steady beats driving the rhythms for the entire album. Dave Allen, on bass, keeps up with solid bass grooves not often found in punk. These two make up the "dance" side of things, while Jon King brings punk vocal attitudes over the energized guitar of Andy Gill. I love this record. It's so odd with the guitar choices and the occasional melodica, but that only adds to the charm for me. As far as post-punk is concerned, these guys made the definitive album. I find it endlessly endearing.
Talk of "angular" guitars is just noise, like the sound of the instruments themselves. Necessary to locate the songs, but what Gang of Four really has is counterpoint between the words and the rhythm section. It's particularly evident in the opening cut; After that, the band explores lots and lots and lots of sonic territory. I stress words because the lyrics, while coherent, are by far less important semantically than sonically. Sadly, I don't have the familiarity with Gang of Four to hear this well; But I do see why they echo so loud and, true to form, dig this in a major way.
Interesting to hear this one again - still edgy, raw, strange, and intimate. High quality punk art rock. I can see where Minutemen got their vibe...
A funky af; proto-fugazi sounding, "It's native american, sir", album. Definitely recognized some of these songs as classic 'left of dial' jams, having never heard delved into Gang of Four before. Good stuff
A great head-bopper - love the call and response of the guitar in lots of the tracks. Riffs are catchy as hell too and the off-beat strumming makes things interesting but can feel a bit same-y after a while.
The 70's deliver again. Good old fashioned anti-establishment punk. The composition of the songs themselves show a complete disregard for established pop norms, instead preferring to forge their own path. The instruments float in and out of the song and even in and out of alignment with eachother. But they all work together to create a truly distinct and enjoyable album. I was pleasantly surprised to find tracks that appear to be direct forefathers for groups like LCD Soundsystem (Not Great Men) and Blur (Ether). I'd never heard the album before, but it will defintely be on my list and it defintely belongs here as well.
Another album that cements post-punk as my favorite genre. A creative artistic mix on the punk formula by incorporating influences from other genres, most notably dance-pop and funk. Embodies the spirit of punk perfectly that follows The Sex Pistols, from the lyrical subject to vocal style to art direction. One of my favorite punk techniques is how instruments and vocals stop suddenly, to allow other elements to shine and have their place momentarily. It makes for an open experience that doesn't shroud the audience with constant noise as other genres do. The bass is my favorite, characterizing each of the songs and making them distinctive. Flows great. Several amazing songs, but none are bad. Favorite tracks: Damaged Goods, At Home He's A Tourist, 5.45, Return the Gift, Contract Least favorite: Guns Before Butter, Natural's Not In It
Four young dudes at the familiar graduate-first job juncture meet for a final pow-wow, alight on a formula for turning their tubthumping into danceable pub-funk, never have to get that first job after all.
This is almost a stereotype of dour, shouty British post-punk. Scratchy, wiry, discordant guitars coupled with anti-materialist sloganeering - I'll say this, the album title is a wonderfully dry bit of business. 'I Love a Man in Uniform' is my favourite Gang of Four track and it ain't here, but this is good stuff nonetheless.
Getting this the day after The The’s “Soul Mining” is a great 1-2 hit of British post punk from the generator. “Entertainment” is one of those universally lauded albums of its genre I’ve never made the time for, so it’s been quite a journey getting to know it. It’s a frenetic, disarming listen where the energy never lets go. It’s almost a cliche to say “wow it was only 1979, jeez they were ahead of their time”… but it’s impossible to shake the feeling that “Entertainment” could be released in 2022 and fit right into the post-punk landscape today. A lot of this is down to the talents of the band themselves: Andy Gill’s guitar hooks are jagged, abrasive, angular. All rhythm, no lead (just occasional howling feedback where any other band may throw in a glossy solo). Riffs and rhythm parts are frequently start-stop and staccato, and vocals are barked out in a manner that perfectly suits the backing. Very few notes are left to ring out, perfectly serving the spiky, punchy feel. Hugo Burnham’s drums help to drive the songs home- listen for the hi-hat and cymbals in tracks like “Natural’s Not In It” or “Love Like Anthrax” to hear they’re used sparingly, adding to the cold starkness of the production. Above all though, Dave Allen’s bass is the hero of “Entertainment”. It introduces the world to the band’s sound on “Ether” and remains in the foreground throughout: all the bass lines are good but “Contract” and “Damaged Goods” in particular deserve special mentions. The songs themselves veer between oblique despair of the state of the world (pitched perfectly in “Not Great Men” and “Guns Before Butter”) and total high-octane mania (“Natural’s Not In It”, “Damaged Goods”, “I Found That Essence Rare”… all triumphs of manic energy). Very occasionally, it’s a little much to stomach, and it would have been nice to either get a change of pace or more of the accessible end showcased so well in “Damaged Goods”. But really, that’s my own preference: the more time I’ve spent with this album, the more it’s won me over and it could very easily become a 5 star once it settles in. And gee whizz, 1979…
Really 4.5 but I round up. Love the bass and guitars. Can really hear all the music it later influenced. First album that I've bought vinyl for after listening (that I don't already own)
Way more fun of an album than I remembered. Absolute banger
Excellent, and it's amazing just how fresh it still sounds 52 years later. Then again, I'm a big fan of Squid and Shame who've raised the banner for this kind of music in the past year. Love it. Highly recommended.
One of my favorite dancy-punk albums of all time. Awesome bass lines
Post punk with intelligent lyrics that you can dance to, whats not to like? Excellent album.
Big fan of this one. Such a fun listen. It's a post punk album but with some more brightness and very punchy bass. Catchy melodies and great energy.
Fantastic, like Wire but hookier. Love.
Such an interesting blend of flavors going on here. Nothing quite like it! And that's not even getting into the lyrics. This was a delight.
Hmm. I'm inclined to give this 5 stars just based on Andy's story, but It's probably more of a 4 star thing for me, but then there's Andy's story and it's Friday so what the hell. Five goddamn stars.
Another classic in the punk family tree. A bit like Wire, but more groove I guess I would call it. So many of those dance/rock bands (The Killers, Franz Ferdinand, The Faint etc) owe debt to Gang of Four. It's a fine album. I give it a 4 for the music and a 5 for the influence factor.
hack to say but doesn't feel like it was made in 79. love it
Fuck the Red Hot Chili Peppers. There you are, the Gang of Four, making one of the truly great deconstructions of the rock album with Entertainment!, and a bunch of conceited blowhards with no heart strip your angular, provocative funk-punk for parts and use it solely to score smack and ass, and as a horrific bonus begat Crazy Town. So yes, this album is a standout masterpiece of post-punk, a genre admittedly littered with standout masterpieces. With this, we have one of the most overtly political albums of the period, a late-Marxist synthesis of Brecht, Gramsci, Marcuse (the "repackaged sex keeps your interest" refrain summarises his later philosophy in five words) and Situationism. This radicalism extends to the music, where the instrumentation is egalitarian, with the consequence being to boost the bass (thus making it as funky as all fuck) and streamline the guitar (making it as sharp as all fuck). To appreciate this fully, it helps if you know what commodity fetishism and false consciousness mean, but if you just dance as jerkily as possible to this, you should love this. You should love this anyway. The allied group Delta 5's Marxist-flavoured Mind Your Own Business were recently used to advertise Apple, and as I already mentioned, the awful RHCPs nicked the Go4's innovations and hawked them in a meaningless, bastardised manner. This is an example of not only Marcuse's despair that capitalism subsumes everything, but Baudrillard's jest of how all this is just the free interplay of signs. By the by, I am not a Marxist.
"Entertainment!" is the debut album from the Leeds' band Gang of Four. Credited as one of the first post-punk bands and encorporating funk, Dance, Reggae and Dub. Their music is very much unique: a very aggressive, angular guitar with an idiosyncratic rhythm. The guitarist, at times, almost sounds like each note he plays is giving him an electric shock. The closest musical comparison I can think of is a weirder version of Devo if that's possible. The lyrics are politically far left - Situationism, feminism, theory of alienation on personal life and commodification. I obviously had to look up three of these four ideologies. Given all this, this makes for one heck of an interesting and orginal listen. "Ether" starts things off with a weird time signature from the rhythm section and that angular, aggressive guitar which almost sounds like a gun. Which is interesting, since the song is about internment (basically imprisonment) of the IRA by the British. "Damaged Goods" is the one song I've heard the most from this album. It has great driving guitar and dance beat. Undoubtedly, Bloc Party was listening. Supposedly about the effect of capitalism on a relationship. OK. A similar sounding song "I Found That Essence Rare" states that the worst thing about the 1950's were bikinis and is actually a reference to the H-bomb testing on Bikini Island. A great example of that guitar sounding like it's giving the guitarist an electric shock is "At Home He's a Tourist." Great bass line and rocking end too. I forgot how different sounding this album was/is. A pleasure going back to this one and especially hearing their influence on some future bands.
I remember when magazines used to do their occasional Top 100 albums of all time, when I'd go through the list and count how many I had. Generally I had a pretty good return in the Top 20, by the time it was into the 40s it was a lower percentage and after 50 it was more sporadic. I can always remember getting to 'Entertainment', which was usually around the mid-50s and noting that I'd never heard this band and didn't know anything about them. When I finally got around to listening to it, in my mid-late 30s, I couldn't believe that I'd missed out on this for so long. It's the sort of album I should have had in my collection since my teens. I saw them in Brisbane and they were amazing. I was going to see them again the following day at Soundwave but their stage was already running really late even by mid-afternoon and so I decided I needed to head back to the main stage for Slayer, which I regret. I was going to go see them in Brisbane again a few years ago but it got rescheduled from Feb or March to November and I was over in japan when they played but in Japan in the wrong weeks to see them there. I got offered an interview with Andy Gill and snapped it despite not being able to go to the show. It went through scores of interviews and it was so hard coming up with questions that he hadn't already been asked, even when I thought I had something that was more obscure. The interview was great, one of those you can't really believe is happening and where it felt like a very natural conversation and you could have kept going long after the 20 minutes. Whenever I open Skype, he's still there in my contacts on screen, which always makes me feel really sad.
My first time with this one. (Though it’s been on my to-do list forever!) Great album cover. No bad songs. Unique sound. The closest comparison I can come up with is Wire circa Pink Flag. But where that feels more Art Rock or New Wave in essence, Gang of Four feels decidedly more Punk. And more cohesive and like the product of somebody’s political and personal vision or dream. The sound reminds me of Young Marble Giants, but louder and faster and more yelling. Great satire. Instrumentation is really unique. The backing vocals on the chorus of “Damaged Goods” takes what should have been the hit, sing-a-long moment of the album and puts it waaaaaay back in the mix. There are other moments like that, where instincts and inclinations are not only ignored but actively opposed. Really great content and lyrical subject matter. Yeah this is great. Best punk album we did this week! 5 stars!
One of my favorite albums. Andy Gill gets a lot of press as an unlikely guitar hero, but the rhythm section of Dave Allen and Hugo Burnham is seriously underrated. Dave Allen's bass makes you want to shake your ass while listening to heavy political lyrics about Maoist rebels in Latin America. Guerrilla war struggle is a new entertainment!
Fantastic album. I got into Gang of Four about 3 decades late, but their jagged guitars and infectious licks are beguiling.
Who would have thought that forty-five years on from punk it was albums like Entertainment that would remain vital and contemporary. Or: 1980. Everyone wants to sound like the Sex Pistols (see US hardcore: Pistols sped up). Eighties and nineties: everyone wants to sound like the Jam or the Clash (white reggae excursions aside looking at you lots of Britpop and the Manics). Last thirty years: the most important bands from the punk/new wave era in terms of influence and bands actually wanting to sound like them: Wire and Gang of Four. In sixties terms then we can see GOF as The Velvet Underground in this scenario with the Jam, Clash and Pistols as Kinks, Stones and….well who were the Pistols? Whereas Wire’s songs were diverse GOF’s on Entertainment cleave to a restrictive template entirely in keeping with their politics. Slashing guitars, tight drumming and bass with a dried-out and sped-up funk tempo, and sloganeering vocals over the top. Elastica, Franz Ferdinand, Rakes and a billion other bands the sound you took from is here. What they didn’t take which makes GOF sound bang up to date is hardcore Marxism. There’s no personal insights, no obtuse metaphors or poetic phrases but political analysis: At Home He’s A Tourist (He fills his head with culture/he gives himself an ulcer) The problem of leisure/What to do for pleasure, Watch new blood on the 18 inch screen/The corpse is a new personality. These are lyrics that would make as much sense on a posterr. I wish I’d bought this on vinyl as the artwork carries all this into the visual arena: I spend most of my money on myself so I can stay fat/We’re grateful for his leftovers, the cowboy and indian sequence and so on. Streaming on Spotify is just not the same. Conceptual joke/situtationist artwork: this was released on EMI. And finally, in the scratchy textures and awkward corners there are nagging tunes and melodies. Not the kind to trouble Elton John or Billy Joel, but enough to have them in your head for a few days.
Amazing album. Tight intricate rhythms, with a political punch.
This is an excellent post-punk album made like a snubbed nose to the new wave craze that was happening at the time. Solid and catchy, yet it was still giving the finger to the corporate man.
Tremendous - must buy!
Post-punk. Very listenable. Succinct. Not dated.
I like these guys. Had not listened to them in a long time, so excited to see them on the list. Really appreciate the tight hooky guitar riffs and basslines.
One of the most outstanding albums from one of the best and most creative periods in pop history. Syncopated guitars, funky rhythms, lyrics full of meaning... its fame is well deserved
Good album, great songwriting. Glad I got to listen all the way through. Minimal and classically post-punk, much more raw than their later work.
I like this one way more than on my first listen. I appreciate this brand of discordant post-punk a lot more these days, and the philosophy of the album is so real.
Interesting. I was definitely not familiar going into this one, but I liked most of it.
This is 100000% more my vibe. I've never heard of them but I like. I don't know if I'll add them to my CD deck, but this is the best album I've gotten so far.
UK punk rock with interesting fills and rhythms. Catchy without being sappy. Feels like The Hives mixed with some Rolling Stones with a bit of added edge. Really good. Added to collection.
Glisteningly sharp proto-punk. While one could claim the songs sound similar instrumentation-wise, each has a distinct, sharp take due to clever melodies and wry lyrics.
This was a good punk album. I could hear The Police, Fugazi and others in their songs. Enjoyed it
This album is probably the best post punk album ever recorded. This is the album I would recommend for anyone with an interest in checking out this genre. It really sums up what post punk was all about, still embodying the energy and anger of punk, but so much smarter and more musically adept. The lyrics are more pointed, more driven by the band's political and philosophical points of view. The songs are tight and urgently paced with great jagged, menacing guitars, propulsive drumming, and some of the best, funkiest bass work in post punk. Fave Songs: Damaged Goods, Not Great Men, Ether, 5.45, At Home He's a Tourist, I Found Essence Rare
The punkiest post-punk i've heard. Took a bit of adjusting to, but the reliably dancey, punchy bass lines that this genre needs are here in spades and scratchy guitars, angry vocals and political lyrics are all here too. I feel like this has an edge and energy that often has scarified for the moody atmosphere of other bands in the genre - and there is a tradeoff, because Entertainment certainly is less absorbing and immersive than a joy division record, but It's a cool side of the genre. standouts: damaged goods, return the gift
This is new to me and I like it. This project is showing me what a variety of genres and sub-genres were developed or furthered in the '70s. A lot of the sounds in this album preview all sorts of things that showed up in the decades to follow, and I'm sure if I were to study the roots and influences of this band, I'd find earlier incarnations of this danceable semi-punk-rock-pop stuff that's a lot of fun to hear. Dang, they play superbly well and wicked tight. (I know, I write that a lot -- forgive me: as a beginner musician myself, I know how much it takes to get to that skill level; I've got years and years to go, so I admire it when I hear it.) Good stuff.
Another great surprise in the punk/post-punk genre. Once again an English band I'd never heard of that put out some really solid stuff. The lyrics are awesome (I'm going to have to listen 10 more times just to fully grasp them) and the sound pulls you in. That sound isn't overly complex (pulsing bass as the backdrop, tortured guitar chords, enough drums mixed in) and is similar to other trail blazers from this era, but it rocks. I immediately thought of Fugazi when I heard Ether - I wonder if Gang of Four had any influence on their sound. I got to Glass before I hit a track that I found a bit dull but it bounced back quickly, especially with At Home He's a Tourist two tracks later. Natural's Not In It, I Found That Essence Rare, and Damaged Goods were also particularly good. I'll be going back for more listens of this album and this group.
Picture yourself as a 20-yr old living in the doldrums of the Thatcher-Reagan hellscape, surviving in a shitty London suburb with 4 other people in a 2 bedroom leaky apartment with no job and it's raining all the time. And you're just tired and angry but wired like an East Vancouver tweaker jumping from skateboard to stairs to railing at 100mph. That's what this album sounds like. There's no way I should like this album...I love grandiose sweeping music, big production, arena or stadium filling chills-inducing progressive side-long complex time-signature and key jumping epics. But for some reason I kind of have always loved this album. Angular and angry guitars, very very dry production. I usually hate that but here, it's awesome. This is nowhere near calming music - this is not breakfast table music - this is generally not to be played after Fleet Foxes (which in my case it was but I love them both). Killer tracks are "I Found That Essence Rare" and "Anthrax" the latter of which is just.so.weird. Two completely different vocal tracks stepping right on top of each other, spoken word, but every once in a while they align. You might really hate this album and I wouldn't blame you one bit. It's ugly. I don't even like punk music... I don't know - I just love this - I shouldn't but it's a mood. Aggressive, interesting and unique guitar work, bass propelling everything. I always forget to pronounce migraine as "mee-grain" - I'll get there. 8/10 4 stars.
Le lien Tidal n'est pas le bon, mais l'album est bien présent sur la plateforme (https://tidal.com/album/72601257). Wow, quel coup de coeur pour moi. Certaines pièces m'étaient familières, peut-être entendues dans des playlists. J'aime comment la basse prend de la place pour développer les mélodies. C'est minimal aussi dans les arrangements, mais tout est là pour que ça reste accrocheur. Pièce préférée: Damaged Goods
Belle découverte! Une énergie punk qui n’empêche pas une certaine sophistication des riffs et grooves.
Tight, distinctive, economic. Great bass that's used like a counterpunctual rhythm guitar. Cryptic and unusual lyrics. Brilliant stuff.. there are a couple of songs that wash over...but I like this a great deal. Solid 4.
Never heard this before but definitely see how this was influential. Not really a punk fan but I enjoyed the listen. Solid 3 stars.
This album really didn't do much for me, it's safe to say I was not entertained. It's one of many of those early 80's punk albums, except this one had almost nothing interesting to offer. The mixing is flat and bland and the songs are all forgettable, but I will say that I liked the bass, it was the only thing that stuck out. The songs are all so samey sounding that the whole album just started to blur together, with nothing really distinct happening. The shrill guitar, the distant british vocals, the treble-heavy drums, it was all the same in every song. The album art is almost as bland as these songs too, so at least they're honest. I think I'm going to go listen to Talking Heads now.
Haha damn, man, I feel like this has to be the most popular genre on this list. Seems like every other album is a British punk-rock band. I'm trying to give it a fair shake but finding it a bit tough admittedly.
Could have swore they were saying "please send me emails on weekends" on 'Return the Gift' which is actually super punk but nothing else really stood out for me.
Gang of Four? More like, "Please, no more"! This album reminds me of the Ramones but if they all took some melatonin before making an album. Very boring, not extremely bad but there really wasn't anything on this album that was impressionable to me (except the over 1 minute of guitar feedback on the last song that made me wanna throw my phone at a wall). Definitely not gonna listen to it again, sorry gang of four. (also here's some more disses I can think of, Gang of Four? More like, "I'm out the door!" or "There's the door!")(Gang of Four? More like, "My ears are sore!")(Gang of Four? More like, "Oh this is a bore!")(Gang of Four? More like, "I'd rather go to war!")(Gang of Four? More like, "I can't take this anymore!") Yeah, not my cup of tea.
If this project has solidified one thing: I hate post punk. All the droning, talentless monotony without the enthusiasm or energy.
ur kiss is so sweet ur sweat so sour
So funky. So fun. Very DEVO.
Great new wave post punk album.
Really enjoyed this, ace beats and up my street
Holy shit. Great album from a band I had never heard of. Love this dance-punk style a lot. Reminds me of bands like The Rapture, The Faint, LCD Sound System, etc.
Discazo. La voz igual a la de Jon King me hace pensar como un Joe Strummer menos punkish, ideal para el fin de los 70. Las lineas de bajo constante tambien son bien punk. Puedo ver perfecto como NIN y un monton de otras bandas que escucho sacaron inspiración de acá. Dejar una base constante sonando de fondo y meterle arreglos arriba es algo que se hace desde tiempos inmemorables. La verdad me encantó.
Ether is incredible
LOVED IT!. Didn't know one of the songs was an original!
The bounce of a frog. Gun drum and bass cohesion, very much enjoyed it
A really punchy album with some fun mixing of post-punk and dub/reggae type stuff happening as well. I like this album a lot.
Yaaaaaas Gang of Four! One of my all-time favorite bands and albums.
Yes, another classic post-punk album that never gets old and that should be on any best-of list.
One of my fave post-punk albums ever. Some absolute bangers on here. Fave track - "Natural's Not In It", "Guns Before Butter", "At Home He's a Tourist", "Anthrax".... I could probably add 5 or 6 more...
5/5. Oh yeah 🤘
I really like this album and band. Never heard of them before. It was a great suprise.
A seminal post-punk album. The combination of funk and staccato guitar has been much imitated since, but rarely done as well. Even rarer are bands that play this type of music and also have a pop sensibility. A classic.
This is great, and I'd never heard of them!
A hugely successful gang bang with the lights on and all the children going wild for the wonderful spectacle on show. A roaring triumph glazed in a spicy cum sauce.
The album is epic. One I can listen to over and over and still find it interesting. Love the toned back detached sound.
The band should be called 'Gang of Five,' because this album is five stars
Started strong with the first few beats....now I remember these guys!
There’s early punk vibes and strong garage roots here in this utterly fantastic debut. Everything seems to coalesce together to make sure you’re actually having a great time while listening. High production considering the circumstances of this albums creation.
One of my favourite albums, love it
This album fucks. Super tight, funky drums and bass and still-relevant leftist subject matter.
Post post punk album?