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Gang Of Four

1979

Entertainment

Album Summary

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.

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3.26

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5308

Genres

  • Post Punk
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Thu Nov 18 2021
5

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

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Tue Feb 23 2021
3

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

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Sat Jan 16 2021
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.

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Mon Nov 02 2020
5

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.

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Wed Mar 03 2021
5

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.

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Mon May 31 2021
5

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.

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Sun Nov 21 2021
5

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 🌟

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Tue Jan 25 2022
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

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Tue Mar 29 2022
5

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)

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Fri May 14 2021
4

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.

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Wed Jul 20 2022
4

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.

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Mon Apr 05 2021
5

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?

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Tue Mar 16 2021
5

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.

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Tue Sep 28 2021
5

Fantastic, like Wire but hookier. Love.

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Mon Nov 22 2021
5

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.

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Wed Jan 26 2022
5

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.

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Tue Feb 08 2022
5

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.

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Wed Feb 09 2022
5

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.

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Wed Jun 29 2022
5

"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.

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Tue Sep 29 2020
4

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.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

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...

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

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

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Tue May 25 2021
4

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.

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Fri Oct 08 2021
4

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.

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Wed Oct 20 2021
4

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

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Thu Nov 18 2021
4

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.

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Thu Nov 18 2021
4

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.

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Fri Nov 19 2021
4

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.

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Sat Nov 27 2021
4

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.

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Sat Jan 15 2022
4

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

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Mon Jan 24 2022
4

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

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Thu Feb 03 2022
4

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.

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Wed Feb 16 2022
4

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.

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Tue Feb 22 2022
4

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.

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Thu Apr 28 2022
4

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.

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Fri Jul 15 2022
3

Never heard this before but definitely see how this was influential. Not really a punk fan but I enjoyed the listen. Solid 3 stars.

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Tue Feb 23 2021
2

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.

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Thu Mar 03 2022
2

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.

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Tue Jun 14 2022
2

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.

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Tue Feb 23 2021
1

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.

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Mon Sep 13 2021
1

If this project has solidified one thing: I hate post punk. All the droning, talentless monotony without the enthusiasm or energy.

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Sat Jan 30 2021
5

ur kiss is so sweet ur sweat so sour

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Tue Feb 02 2021
5

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)

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Wed Mar 17 2021
5

Way more fun of an album than I remembered. Absolute banger

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

So funky. So fun. Very DEVO.

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Thu Jun 03 2021
5

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.

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Tue Feb 02 2021
5

One of my favorite dancy-punk albums of all time. Awesome bass lines

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Thu Jan 28 2021
5

Great new wave post punk album.

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Wed Feb 17 2021
5

Really enjoyed this, ace beats and up my street

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Mon Feb 01 2021
5

Post punk with intelligent lyrics that you can dance to, whats not to like? Excellent album.

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Wed Mar 03 2021
5

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.

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Thu Mar 25 2021
5

good stuff

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Mon May 31 2021
5

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.

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Fri May 07 2021
5

Ether is incredible

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Tue Jul 27 2021
5

Liked it

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Wed Jul 28 2021
5

LOVED IT!. Didn't know one of the songs was an original!

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Mon Oct 18 2021
5

The bounce of a frog. Gun drum and bass cohesion, very much enjoyed it

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Mon Oct 25 2021
5

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.

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Mon Oct 25 2021
5

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.

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Thu Nov 11 2021
5

Woa!

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Fri Nov 19 2021
5

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.

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Thu Dec 09 2021
5

Yaaaaaas Gang of Four! One of my all-time favorite bands and albums.

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Fri Dec 10 2021
5

wow

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Fri Dec 17 2021
5

Yes, another classic post-punk album that never gets old and that should be on any best-of list.

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Tue Feb 15 2022
5

hack to say but doesn't feel like it was made in 79. love it

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Tue Mar 01 2022
5

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...

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Sun Mar 06 2022
5

5/5. Oh yeah 🤘

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Sat Mar 19 2022
5

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.

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Fri Jul 08 2022
5

Certainly is.

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Fri Jul 08 2022
5

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.

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Sun Jul 24 2022
5

I really like this album and band. Never heard of them before. It was a great suprise.

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Tue Aug 02 2022
5

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.

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Tue Sep 06 2022
5

This is great, and I'd never heard of them!

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Wed Sep 07 2022
5

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.

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Mon Sep 12 2022
5

The album is epic. One I can listen to over and over and still find it interesting. Love the toned back detached sound.

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Sat Oct 08 2022
5

The band should be called 'Gang of Five,' because this album is five stars

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Tue Oct 18 2022
5

Started strong with the first few beats....now I remember these guys!

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Fri Oct 28 2022
5

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.

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Fri Nov 04 2022
5

One of my favourite albums, love it

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Tue Nov 15 2022
5

This album fucks. Super tight, funky drums and bass and still-relevant leftist subject matter.

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Tue Nov 29 2022
5

Really great.

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Tue Oct 06 2020
4

Top quality, influential punk/post-punk/funk. And a few standout tunes.

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Fri Mar 19 2021
4

Tremendous - must buy!

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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

Post-punk. Very listenable. Succinct. Not dated.

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Wed May 12 2021
4

Pretty groovy, alt Brit rock vibes. I enjoyed!

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Tue Feb 02 2021
4

Very enjoyable post punk. You can tell how influential their sound has been. I'm surprised I'm not more familiar with the band, but this was a really good album.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

Dope

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Sat Jan 16 2021
4

Never heard of them before, but looking at the cool cover I knew it had potential to be interesting. Initial vibe was like "is this punk?". Sorta, but a little more "off". I like it. Parts of the energy remind me of RCE actually, the social commentary part of it. I like it. I'd probably give it a 3.5 but I'll round up.

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Sun Jan 17 2021
4

It’s a jam. Four stars.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

New wave makes way more sense now.

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Mon Mar 29 2021
4

Great while I’m listening. But then it’s gone.

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Sat Feb 13 2021
4

This is fun, and chaotic.

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Sat Jan 16 2021
4

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.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
4

Fist fight in the parking lot. Buying sarkilar bir urine benziyomus gibi geldi, bi favorim sarkim yok ama albumu genel olarak begendim ben.

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Mon Jun 14 2021
4

They managed to keep punk really interesting.

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Mon Jun 14 2021
4

I wasn't sure what to expect with this one but some solid punk is always a nice surprise

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Fri Feb 19 2021
4

I hadn't heard of this band and I can see how they might have influenced a lot of other bands I like. This one probably needs a few listens to get into but was entertaining to start.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
4

Wow, I really really enjoyed this album. I have never heard of this band unless they moonlighted as communists in China. The electrical guitar and bass kicked ass and reminded me a ton of Bloc Party

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Wed Feb 24 2021
4

This may be a 5 star because the band moves to a more complex level as songwriters and performers. Much better structure on this "themed" album. A high point for band.

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Mon Mar 22 2021
4

Punk-rock psicodélico.

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Sat Feb 20 2021
4

post-punk. está bien.

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Wed May 26 2021
4

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

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Mon Feb 01 2021
4

Albumik post punkowy, znany i lubiany, brak tu jakichkolwiek zapychaczy, kazdy kawalek niesie jakas historie, jak na ponad punkowy album motywami jest oczywiscie wszystko na litere K, od kapitalizmu, przez konsumpcjonizm po konformizm, oczywiscie motywy milosci o seksu takze sa mocno obecne, ale da sie wyczuc, ze glownym theme materialu jest alienacja czlowieka w dziesiejszym spoleczenstwie, nawet na okladce juz jest historia obrazkowa z kowbojem i indianinem, natomiast na pleckach plytki jest stary pijany, nie w wannie, ale i tak niszczacy zycie rodzinne, na plejliste leca kawalki damaged goods oraz at home hes a tourist

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Wed Feb 03 2021
4

Viva el post-punk.

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Wed Mar 03 2021
4

🤘

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Wed Jul 14 2021
4

I may have a new favourite punk album

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Thu Feb 11 2021
4

Abrasive, all in your face. Love it

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Fri Feb 19 2021
4

Fun, though not my usual ting

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Sun Jul 11 2021
4

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.

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Sat Apr 10 2021
4

Nice album, will check out more of their stuff

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Sun Apr 18 2021
4

honestly loved it.

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Tue Apr 27 2021
4

Pretty Good!!

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Tue May 18 2021
4

Banger, love me some post punk

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Tue Jun 22 2021
4

Cool album Nice listening to and songs are varied 4/5

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Mon Jul 05 2021
4

A classic. This record is really good. Its been a staple in my discography for a long time. An essential punk album that pulls no punches. I will say that it might be a little overhyped just because Kurt Cobain had them on his list of favorite bands, but it's still mega quality.

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Wed Jul 28 2021
4

Love this. Great punk rock.

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Tue Aug 03 2021
4

Punk artist I haven't heard of until now, pretty great

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Mon Aug 09 2021
4

This was pretty cool

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Mon Aug 23 2021
4

Muy interesante antecedente a muchas cosas que me conoceremos años después como !!!, Cage The Elephant, Strokes pero sobre todo Franz Ferdinand y más cercano a ellos mismos Talking Heads. Me gustó especialmente la instrumentación: tremenda base rítmica con un baterista muy lleno de detalles y un bajo sólido y unas guitarras siempre interesantes y con riffs que en su momento debieron sonar muy innovadores. Si por algo no les doy la 5 estrella (y de hecho casi me voy por 3 en vez de 4) es que un par de veces caen en esos sonidos que no sabes si lo están haciendo irónicamente o por hacer arte muy conceptual, pero entonces a veces lanzan disonancias que no me cuadran o hacen coros con frases de preparatoriano que está aprendiendo que odia el sistema y escribe "poesía".

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Mon Aug 23 2021
4

3.5 | Otra banda que nunca había escuchado. La música agarra inmediatamente, si alguien que no tiene idea preguntara ¿a qué suena el post punk? creo que esta es una gran demostración del sonido más representativo de un género que se termino dividiendo a mil lados distintos. Un sonido de bajo fuerte, guitarras estridentes que dominan secciones cortas de las canciones. Es muy clara en partes la influencia que tuvo esta banda y sonido muchos años después en el dichoso garage revival; la diferencia en que este disco me haya agradado tanto y que la mayoría de esas otras bandas se me hagan una masa amorfa que se queda muy en el promedio es justamente que aquí, aunque se notan justo las canciones y hasta secciones que influyeron en ese estilo, no todo el disco suena igual, hay bastante variedad y no se siente todo igual. Las letras en general densas, al inicio es dificil ponerles atención pero con un par de oidas las va uno procesando. Ether, Not Great Men y At Home He's a Tourist excelentes canciones. Me agrada mucho haber escuchado este disco, música que hace clic y letras que se esfuerzan una rayita de más.

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Tue Sep 14 2021
4

Echoes of The Clash, The Stranglers, Devo, and early Joe Jackson. A nice hard edge to some of the songs. Punk meets new wave meets alternative.

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Sat Sep 25 2021
4

Jako snažan i dobar album.

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Mon Oct 11 2021
4

Interesting. I was definitely not familiar going into this one, but I liked most of it.

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Tue Oct 12 2021
4

271021 15:36 3.5

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Mon Nov 15 2021
4

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.

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Sat Nov 20 2021
4

Nice grunge

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Mon Nov 22 2021
4

This one was pretty good. I don't think I've ever heard of them or any of the songs before.

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Mon Nov 22 2021
4

Great!

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Fri Nov 26 2021
4

Spiky, angular, brilliant.

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Sat Nov 27 2021
4

Great album. Really enjoyed it and put on my list for sure

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Fri Dec 10 2021
4

Classic record that I think is a bit front loaded, but def a worthwhile listen if you have any interest at all in post-punk. "Natural's Not In It" is absolutely a banger.

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Tue Dec 14 2021
4

This was a good punk album. I could hear The Police, Fugazi and others in their songs. Enjoyed it

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Fri Dec 17 2021
4

Tight, tight, thight!!! Not entirely my cup of tea, but I can appreciate the creativity and energy.

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Sat Dec 18 2021
4

Nice energy punk.

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Tue Jan 04 2022
4

Great energy. New wave punk vibes.

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Wed Jan 05 2022
4

nice post punk rock album

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Thu Jan 06 2022
4

Interesting album. Liked most of the tracks.

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Fri Jan 07 2022
4

Dope af

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Thu Jan 13 2022
4

I’ve previously discovered I like proto-punk and now I know that I also like post-punk. Gang of Four gets to stay.

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Sun Jan 23 2022
4

Muito bom.

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Sun Jan 30 2022
4

I like this… very basic straight up post punk. Some catchy numbers!

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Sat Feb 05 2022
4

post-punk. está bien.

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Sat Feb 05 2022
4

Punk-rock psicodélico.

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Tue Feb 08 2022
4

This was pretty good

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Wed Feb 09 2022
4

Entertaining. 7/10

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Wed Feb 09 2022
4

7/10. Enjoyed it a fair bit while I was walking around listening to the first half, kinda started to annoy me when I was listening and studying.

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Wed Feb 09 2022
4

7/10 pretty good punk album.

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Wed Feb 16 2022
4

Reminds me a lot of the Clash. I mean, I guess that's the point? Still, liked the album a lot. Definitely a band I am going to have to listen to more. A good 4.3 for me, close to 5 stars. Really digging it, along with all the things they drew on.

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Wed Feb 16 2022
4

Mejor disco Post-Punk? Seguramente. Si te gustan The Rapture, Radio 4, Franz Ferdinand, We Are Scientists o Bloc Party, tienes que escuchar este disco de 1979!!! Y "Damage Goods" es imprescindible para entender gran parte de la música de principios del siglo XXI.

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Mon Feb 28 2022
4

Great early punk

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Wed Mar 02 2022
4

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

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Tue Mar 15 2022
4

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…

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Fri Mar 25 2022
4

Belle découverte! Une énergie punk qui n’empêche pas une certaine sophistication des riffs et grooves.

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Sat Mar 26 2022
4

Great stuff

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Mon Apr 04 2022
4

I love it. Gang of Four are great. I don't really listen to them by choice a lot but they are so deep rooted in my favourite genres that Spotify plays them to me all the time and I'm always happy with that.

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Mon Apr 04 2022
4

I actually really enjoyed this and it was a total Friday vibe when I listened to it. Luke was very happy to have it on it the flat - apparently a big thing for him a uni. Really loved the fun punk vibes and would listen again

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Mon Apr 04 2022
4

Dance punk!

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Mon Apr 04 2022
4

Very happy to have discovered Gang of Four

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Tue Apr 05 2022
4

envie de sauter partoutttt par contre on se passe de la deuxième moitié

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Sun May 01 2022
4

I wasn’t crazy about the thought of post-punk… why? No good reason. I started this up with a negative attitude. Fortunately Gang of Four is pretty great and melted all that away quite quickly. I very much enjoyed bopping along to this. Clever lyrics, great songs… Glad to have my preconceptions dispelled!

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Sun May 01 2022
4

Zipped through this four times today. Fun!

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Mon May 09 2022
4

I can hear a lot of modern bands in this. Sounds like they would fit in with any time period between 1980 and 2000. Heavy Clash vibes

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Mon May 23 2022
4

Very good traditional punk album from a band I've never heard of.

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Tue Jun 14 2022
4

Didn’t listen that closely but really liked and would listen again

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Tue Jun 14 2022
4

Slaps, will listen again

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Tue Jun 14 2022
4

Banger of a punk album

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Fri Jun 24 2022
4

Entertaining!

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Sat Jun 25 2022
4

Excellent, particulièrement Damaged Goods. Une belle découverte.

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Tue Jul 05 2022
4

This is the sound of a dystopian Thatcherite nuclear winter - the sound of an sinking Argentinian destroyer and the soundtrack to that future striking coal mining automatons would funky dance to. To me subjectively this is an awesome album - influential to me on a musician level and most of my favorite musicians probably count this band as an influence. Lovely.

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Wed Jul 06 2022
4

Early punk kind of reminiscent of the Ramones with the bouncy guitar riffs. I think this might be the band that does the theme song for the show Misfits but I could be wrong. Good album, fun listen and energetic, would be great driving music.

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Fri Jul 15 2022
4

Haven’t listened to a lot of post punk, very cool to hear the inspiration for more modern punk

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Wed Jul 20 2022
4

Gang of Four is right up my alley....This is my Saturday get shit done around the house type of music. I was only 4 when this album came out and so I really missed this wave for the most part. at that time if it wasn't on MTV I didn't hear it. There were glimpses and whispers. Now in my late 40's I get it.

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Wed Jul 20 2022
4

I really enjoyed this a lot especially the guitars. You can see how this band influenced so many others. It sounded like something I wish I heard more of today.

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Tue Aug 02 2022
4

This was a pretty fun listen. The lyrics were interesting and the drums were great. Not sure if ever listen again but there was a lot more happening musically than a lot of punk rock from this time.

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Tue Aug 02 2022
4

Classic English post punk, good album. Feels slgihtly directionless and less emotive than some of Gang of Four's other stuff. "Damaged goods" is my highlihgt. "at home he's a tourist" is jokes too.

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Wed Aug 03 2022
4

Sharp catchy riffs, great bass lines, variety in beats and no bs songwriting. Really ahead of it’s time. Was gonna say it’s a bit long but the last three tracks in Spotify are bonus so minus those it’s really well paced. Maybe I’ll finally get into post-punk if more albums are as good as this one.

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Sun Aug 14 2022
4

Was in the mood for this style of music and really enjoyed it.

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Tue Aug 23 2022
4

This too is a classic punk album

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Wed Aug 31 2022
4

Gang of Four saw what was happening with the ever evolving musical landscape and thought "Maybe there shall be movement". Entertainment sees the band brandish their mission statement with intent and the urge to groove, with the angular spike of post-punk mingling with the funk flavors that flow through them. An essential album of the era and a statement only they could make. Favorites: Ether, Natural's Not In It, Not Great Men, Damaged Goods, I Found That Essence Rare, Contract, At Home He's a Tourist, Love Like Anthrax.

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Wed Sep 07 2022
4

The musical equivalent of someone scared of wasps doing that half run/walk, flapping and turning their back up as they cower in public, nonsense. It looks so silly and brings me great joy.

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Wed Sep 07 2022
4

it would be nice to hear what gang of four would have to say about our new prime minister that has been thrust upon us by the old pensioners of kent. i don't think they'd be happy, but then who is? should have been SHACK for PM. he doesn't fool any indians.

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Wed Sep 07 2022
4

5/12, 42%

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Fri Sep 09 2022
4

a relisten for me. Haven't gone through the whole album for a while, but always love 'damaged goods' and 'i found that essence rare'. this is a definitive post punk album, each song captures that post punk sound - slashy guitar, gorgeous basslines and politically driven lyrics. The cover is really good too, perfect visual of what the album is all about. Very good album but i usually only come back to one or two songs, and there's a few that are filler. nonetheless, a very good album to introduce newbies to the post punk sound.

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Sun Sep 11 2022
4

For an album released in 1979, the music in this album is incredibly relatable to a modern audience. 90s pink, surf rock, and ska see their origins here. Strong bass lines and rhythmic distorted guitars are the hallmark of this album. It’s easy to see how exactly it has influenced modern music. Standout songs are Damaged Goods and I Found That Essence Rare.

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Fri Sep 16 2022
4

I can't truly forgive the way they pronounce "migraine" but that only slightly diminishes my enjoyment of this album. Gang of Four rocks hard without trying to do too much. I love how the instruments make space for each other, bouncing back and forth in a head bobbing polyrhythm.

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Fri Sep 16 2022
4

Damaged goods is such a great song !!!

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Thu Sep 22 2022
4

Tried listening to this album a few years ago and I didn't care for it. Listening again, the whole way through, something clicked with me. The beats are choppy, yet infectious, the songs are interesting and the guitar sound is amazing! I don't know what I was expecting previously, but this is music I should have been listening to. Really really enjoy this record and glad I gave it another go! Entertainment, yes!

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Fri Sep 30 2022
4

They're not a name that comes up all that often, but I really like this. Four stars for Gang of Four

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Tue Oct 04 2022
4

Listened Before? N Good solid album from post-punkers Gang of Four. I've never taken the time to listen to them before and I really enjoyed this one although I'm still a bit confused what separates punk from post-punk especially in the British sense. *shrug* Maybe just the poppier beats, but The Clash was big on those... Added to Library: N Songs added to playlist: Damaged Goods

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Tue Oct 11 2022
4

One of the most brilliant and most influential albums of the 70s full of extraordinary songs and also a very recognisable hit (Damaged Goods). Great tracklist and impressive project!

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Tue Oct 18 2022
4

Trendsetting new wave

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Wed Oct 19 2022
4

Awesome angsty post-punk. Lots of spiky riffs and shouted vocals. The music crackles with restlessness, sexual frustration and anti-establishment feelings — they really capture an energy. The songwriting is really strong too. Highlights: “Ether,” “Natural’s Not In It,” “Not Great Men,” “Damaged Goods,” “I Found That Essence Rare,” “Glass,” “5.45” (I like the theme of this one - how tv turns war into entertainment)

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Fri Oct 28 2022
4

Great stuff. "Damaged Goods" is a certified banger. The Clash meets Devo.

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Sun Oct 30 2022
4

Classic. One of post-punk's greats. Like Wire but catchier and funkier. Also, I've never heard anyone pronounce migraine as "mee-grain". Might have to give this a 1/5 because of that. Smh

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Fri Nov 04 2022
4

Great, hadn't listened before, enjoyed this! Damaged Goods was a stand out for me.

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Fri Nov 04 2022
4

Good stuff.

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Fri Nov 04 2022
4

Good wholesome shouty fun

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Thu Nov 10 2022
4

Super catchy, energetic punk greatness

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Fri Nov 11 2022
4

Dance and punk?

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Tue Nov 15 2022
4

The scratchy guitar, combined with the bass and drums deliver such punch. And the lyrics you don't forget easily. It's a fantastic debut album. Too bad the band blocked efforts to make it more of a success.

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