Tuesday, January 18, 2011

First Listen: Gang Of Four, 'Content' : NPR

First Listen: Gang Of Four, 'Content' : NPR:

It's been more than 15 years since Gang of Four released a new album, but Content is as angular and questioning as the band was when schoolmates Jon King (lead vocals) and Andy Gill (guitar) first formed Gang of Four in 1977. Gill's biting bursts of funk and dub helped inspire Franz Ferdinand, Modest Mouse, Red Hot Chili Peppers (Gill produced that band's first album) and R.E.M., and even Kurt Cobain said that Nirvana started as a Gang of Four ripoff. But this isn't a guitar band; it's a band of four where drums, bass and voice all share the same space, and where four thinkers thrive to present a view of the world not found elsewhere.
OK, I'll give this a shot. I found that essence rare, it's what I looked for.
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