Gang of Four “Solid Gold”

This is one of those records I feel is pretty awesome on paper, but I can’t feel it in my gut. Maybe because a roommate played it too much, or I didn’t play it enough, or because I have that kind of special feeling about their first record that I can’t get from this one.

Again with the melodica! Hey, guys… there’s a reason Jimi Hendrix didn’t play the melodica! The song, “A Hole in the Wallet” sounds oddly familiar– the chorus– creepily familiar. Why? I wonder.

I feel like on this record, more than the first, they KNOW they’re awesome, and that’s a problem.

From 1981. On a big label (WB). My favorite song: “What We All Want.”


1 Response to “Gang of Four “Solid Gold””

  1. June 12, 2007 at 8:54 pm

    Well, as I mentioned before, I really like this one better than Entertainment, but hey, there’s no accounting for taste, I guess. What We All Want is definitely by far the coolest song on this album, and in a way, I think it’s probably what makes the whole album for me. It’s just got such a great, colossal groove going for it.. You’re also right about “Hole in the Wallet” sounding familiar, but like you I’m not really sure why. I do kind of hate the song Cheeseburger, but aside from that, I really like how depressing and downbeat this album is, probably because it suits my mood more often than the mostly rockin’ and upbeat Entertainment.

    Hey, do you remember the Sacred Guns covering Go4’s song “Anthrax” all the time back in Kent in the early 80s? I wish I had taped them at some point, they were a cool band. There were tons of Joy Division wannabe bands over the years, but not too many Gang of Four wannabes.

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