Let’s get it out of the way at the start — Gang of Four’s 1979 debut, Entertainment, is among the landmark albums of the last 40 years, a politically charged, sonically angular slap in the face that remains as visceral as the day it surfaced. It went on to influence everyone from R.E.M. and Nirvana to St. Vincent and just about every groove-oriented Post Punk outfit in recent memory, whether they know it or not.
The quartet — bassist Dave Allen, drummer Hugo Burnham, guitarist Andy Gill and vocalist Jon King — formed in 1977 in Leeds, England, and went on to release a string of records through the early 1980s, each driven by Gill’s terse guitar playing, a deft, swinging rhythm section and King’s clipped vocals. Read more about Gang of Four in this week's Sound Advice.
See Gang of Four with The New Regime and Evening Redness Tuesday at 20th Century Theater. More info/tickets: 20thcenturytheatre.com.