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Gang of Four are one of the most radical, and radically important, rock groups of the last 30 years. Their music, starting with 1978’s Damaged Goods EP, offered a danceable solution to the problem of where four-piece guitar bands could go next after punk. They also provided the perfect answer to the question: how to be polemical without being po-faced, ponderous, banal or ... Read more in Amazon's Gang of Four Store

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  • Audio CD (23 Jan. 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI Records
  • ASIN: B00003WG0M
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,856 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Aug. 2010
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Hard edged metallic punk welded into bristling cutting guitar sparks ripped to the shape of abstract funk. Over the top with bayonet ready, were neo Marxist critiques of the banality of every day life. Not for GO4 the sterile debates of Milliband v Poulantzas, the angels on a pin head debates stultifying social sciences in sterile paralyis in the early 80's. The themes deal with the problems of relationships, leisure and work where everything is consumed, masticated and belched out in physical processes. The alienation was loud and not proud "At home he's a tourist," alienation at work "Naturals not in it," alienated leisure "return the gift," the power of the state "Ether"

GO4 harnessed academic theories of alienation; Situationism, Lukacs, Gramsci and Lefebvre making them into practical themes The topics of everyday life arise; the alienated semi consciousness of love, sex lust, fulfillment, dreams and power.

Whilst funk rapped about the smell of musk, the power of love pumping to the beat, GO4 pointed out the inculcated innante need to compete in fake orgasms with as partners, all consumed as a marker of the man. Whilst the mainstream ignored erectile dysfunction, ugly bodies and the desire to escape in the morning GO4 confronted it.

Making connections in lust in brief moments of infatuation. When the daylight poured in, the sweet kiss turns to sour breath, the bodies exposed and a quick exit beaten to the door a night promising so much turns to dust. GO4 nailed the lie behind the daydream, the antidote to love to love you baby; "Damaged Goods."

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Keith M TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Nov. 2014
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I must admit I had not listened to my vinyl version of this stunning 1979 debut album from Leeds band (although band members actually hailed from elsewhere, having only gone to Leeds university) Gang Of Four for well over 20 years (slapped wrist!), until I recently heard Marc Riley playing some of their stuff. Of course, listening again, I am reminded that Messrs. King, Gill, Allen and Burnham produced one of the most intoxicating and (particularly, rhythmically) innovative albums of the period – Gill’s guitar sound borrowing particularly from Wilko Johnson (viz. songs such as Natural’s Not In It, Damaged Goods, I Found That Essence Rare, etc), although I would argue Gill used the basic 'Wilko sound’ to develop a very distinctive personal style (one that influenced a number of modern players – not least Franz Ferdinand’s Nick McCarthy). In addition, then, to sounding like a 'punkified and rhythmically complex Dr Feelgood on acid’, I can also detect elements of the likes of Wire (with whom Gang Of Four shared their loose 'Situationist’ take on life), XTC, (elements of) Joy Division and (in terms of the clarity/sparseness of the instrument sound/production) even Television.

Of course, the band (and lyricists King and Gill, in particular) were noted (in the songs) for their politicisation of ‘everyday life’ (shopping, love/sex, watching TV, etc) and Entertainment! (itself an hilariously ironic title) is shot through with the politics and social commentary of the day (Northern Ireland, guerrilla warfare, duplicitous politicians, social alienation, etc), although, of course, thinking about it, nothing has really changed in the intervening 35 years and 5.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A. Skudder TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Feb. 2004
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Whenever anyone asks me what is my favourite record, I have no hesitation in saying Entertainment! by The Gang Of Four, it really is that good.
I am not someone who is living in the past and clinging to it, I still buy all the latest stuff and would love to find something that grabs me by the throat the way this album does. The closest anything has come is Blood, Sugar, Sex, Magik by the Red Hot Chillis, which brings us back to this particular CD, because this is a re-issue which I bought to replace my over-played vinyl original, and inside the sleeve is a note from Flea saying how this album is "what shaped the sound of the rookie Red Hot Chilli Peppers." Michael Stipe also says in the sleeve notes "I Stole a lot from them."
The later Gang of Four albums had their moments, but this one is all highlights from beginning to end. Everything just came together: the bass and drums give a solid and beat-perfect core to the sound and the guitars and vocals can only be described as scary. I saw the Gang play live years after their prime, with a replacement drummer and bassist but Andy Gill and Jon King were still as intense as ever. For me the magic is all about that juxtaposition of absolute, pounding, rhythm and stabbing, almost random at times, guitar and then those intense vocals over the top. And those angry, anti-establishment lyrics which struck such a chord in Thatcher's Britain are still relevent in today's world of anti-globalisation demonstrations.
The three bonus tracks on this re-issue are nearly as good as the main album and the only complaint I could have is that the track Armalite rifle was not included as well.
Even after all these years, Entertainment! still gives me two great pleasures. One is in listening to it (obviously) and the other is in introducing it to someone who has not heard it before and seeing their reaction.
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