Personalities | The Gang Of Four | Seventies | Rock

(Vocal group, 1978–84, 1991–95, 2005–present)

A post-punk Leeds quartet acclaimed as a major influence on twenty-first century music (e.g. Franz Ferdinand), The Gang Of Four’s often jarring sound embraced funk and reggae with lyrics concerning political and social realities. Jon King (vocals), Andy Gill (guitar), Dave Allen (bass) and Hugo Burnham (drums) made two albums before Gill left in 1981. Disbanding in 1984 after two further albums, they reconvened in 1991 and, with the original line-up, in 2005. Gill produced the early Red Hot Chili Peppers.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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