Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Gang of Four Entertainment!

Entertainment- Gang of Four

Number 490 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time...
Entertainment! is the debut album by English post-punk band Gang of Four, released in September 1979. This album was released on EMI in the UK and on Warner Bros. in the U.S..

The music on the first album shows clearly the influence of punk, yet also incorporates funk and less-obvious influences of reggae and dub, similar to other bands at the time such as Public Image Ltd., Pere Ubu, and The Pop Group. As with these other influential post-punk bands, the bass is mixed much more prominently than it typically is in rock or punk.

The album has attracted praise from rock musicians. Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers stated that the first time he heard the record, "It completely changed the way I looked at rock music and sent me on my trip as a bass player." In 2003, the album was ranked number 490 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. In March 2005, Q magazine placed the track "At Home He's a Tourist" at number 52 in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks.

In 2005, the band performed the album live in its entirety as part of the All Tomorrow's Parties-curated Don't Look Back series.

As of 2009, Entertainment! has sold over 100,000 copies in the UK

All songs written by Dave Allen, Hugo Burnham, Andy Gill, and Jon King.
[edit] Side one

1. "Ether" – 3:52
2. "Natural's Not in It" – 3:09
3. "Not Great Men" – 3:08
4. "Damaged Goods" – 3:29
5. "Return the Gift" – 3:08
6. "Guns Before Butter" – 3:49

Side two

1. "I Found That Essence Rare" – 3:09
2. "Glass" – 2:32
3. "Contract" – 2:42
4. "At Home He's a Tourist" – 3:33
5. "5.45" – 3:48
6. "Anthrax" – 4:23

1995 bonus tracks

EMI Records CD issue (mastered by Andy Gill & John King) includes the following singles:

13. "Outside the Trains Don't Run on Time" – 3:27
14. "He'd Send in the Army" – 3:40
15. "It's Her Factory" – 3:08

Infinite Zero Archive/American Recordings CD issue includes the Yellow EP:

16. "Armalite Rifle" – 2:48

2005 bonus tracks

In addition to the Yellow EP, the Rhino release adds four previously unissued tracks:

17. "Guns Before Butter (alternate version)" – 4:25
18. "Contract (alternate version)" – 2:48
19. "Blood Free" (live at The Electric Ballroom, London) – 3:17
20. "Sweet Jane" (live at the American Indian Center) (Lou Reed) – 3:20


* Hugo Burnham – drums, vocals
* Dave Allen – bass guitar, vocals
* Andy Gill – guitar, vocals
* Jon King – vocals, melodica


Z said...

Sounds like a good CD.

The Angry Lurker said...

I feel bad by admitting I've never heard this before...