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music friday: gang of four

40 years ago today, I saw Gang of Four. They were touring behind their stunning debut album, Entertainment! I loved the album (still do), and made sure I caught them when they came to the Bay Area. The venue was the American Indian Center.

The opening act was BPeople, and honestly, I don't even remember seeing them:

Gang of Four was a rather bizarre blend of genres. They played post-punk, they played funk, they had political lyrics. There were plenty of groups that did one of those things, maybe even two, but Gang of Four managed to work all three into the mix. I didn't know what a great dance band they were until I saw them.

Here's "To Hell with Poverty", live in 1980:

And "He'd Send in the Army", also from 1980:

Here's a link to the audio from the show I saw:

https://pastdaily.com/2014/06/25/gang-four-live-american-indian-center-san-francisco-1980-nights-roundtable-concert-edition/

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