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Gang Of Four

The complete session recorded the Gang of Four on 9th March 1981 for the John Peel show on BBC Radio 1 and broadcast on the 12th of that month.

1. To Hell With Poverty! (0:07)
2. Paralysed (3:44)
3. History Is Bunk (7:04)

This session by Gang of Four, who many considered to be one of the leading bands in the post-Punk movement. They were together (the first time) from 1977 to 1984 – the second time from 1987 to 1997 and this latest incarnation from 2004 to the present.

There have been several different lineups over the years, with only guitarist Andy Gill as the sole remaining original member. Their debut album, the 1979 Entertainment! has been considered the fifth greatest Punk album of all time. During the 80s though, they drifted away from those roots and wandered in the direction of dance-Punk and Disco. But beyond all the changes and direction shifts, they have maintained strong political and social commitments in their music, and were, even early on, considered a potent force in the pursuit of working-class justice.

Tonight it’s their third session at BBC Radio 1 for John Peel, recorded on March 9, 1981 and broadcast on the March 12th. I remember the band causing a stir with American audiences and were a huge influence with a number of bands, including REM and Red Hot Chili Peppers, and some have gone so far as to say their influence has been felt with a number of rap artists. So they got around.

If you aren’t familiar with Gang Of Four, they are an important link for you to get familiar with. If you are familiar and have been following them for years – I don’t need to tell you anything you don’t already know.

Christmassy version of ‘Stay Another Day’ Rae and her band and performed in the Radio One Live Lounge a few weeks ago. Rae said “We jumped straight into the studio and recorded a version just for you guys. Thank you for your amazing reaction to it and i hope you enjoy!On another very festive note, i feel so lucky to have been part of a special Christmas album put together at the end of this year in aid of the wonderful charity CoppaFeel. check out the album It’s Coming On Christmas features so many of my talented peers and friends putting their own creative spin on some Christmas classics.  January is just a stones throw away now and Rae Morris’s debut album should be available in a year that hass passed even quicker than the ones before it and thought of my debut album release being so imminent makes the hairs on my neck stand high and proud!.