Music that Defined a Time, a Genre, and a Band
J. C. Anderson | Los Altos, CA United States | 12/25/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"At a time and in a genre that had its share of bad music, the release of Gang of Four's "Entertainment!" was one of the highlights of punk rock's early days.
Sure, the politics expressed through the lyrics are a bit simplistic, but their sentiment, coupled with the compelling music (exemplified by Andy Gill on guitar and a great underlying beat), was perfect for someone, like me, in their early 20's and realizing that, hey, the world is actually a pretty f**ked up place.
"Entertainment!" was, in my opinion, Gang of Four's finest record, and as good as their later releases were, they never recaptured the same intensity found on this debut album (and I'm speaking of the song list of the original LP, not the CD with the additional tracks).
The songs still play well, even today, although they might sound a bit sparse to anyone familiar with today's Alternative Rock music. My personal favorite has always been (and remains) "Damaged Goods."
Take a listen, and don't forget...PLAY LOUD AND BOUNCE AROUND THE HOUSE !!"