Picks and Pans Review: Entertainment!
Gang of Four
A new British quartet, the Gang delivers all the subversive energy and musical sting its name promises. The group rocks as hard as the Clash, but is leaner-sounding, coupling Dave Allen's rabbit-punch bass lines to Hugo Burnham's deep-voiced drum patterns. On top of this highly danceable base is Andy Gill's guitar: His jagged chordings and skillful use of feedback spit and spark like a severed high-tension wire. Jon King's haranguing vocal style is ideal for the band's leftist lyrics, which are peppered with slogans like "Guerrilla war struggle is a new entertainment." Although the melodies are almost as flat as pancakes, it's the rhythms and phrasings that are memorable, even hummable. Entertainment! has no problem living up to its title.
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