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Post-punk icons Gang Of Four return with their ninth studio album HAPPY NOW, funded by their considerable fanbase via PledgeMusic. Already trailed by a download-only EP last year titled Complicit and a single a few months back ‘Paper Thin’, this new effort, available on CD as well as vinyl, promises the same political urgency as ever. 

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Happy Now by Gang of Four
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4/10 Clinton Staff review, 16 April 2019

What the hell is this?

Sometimes, you know.. Pledge Music and Kickstarter are the very worst things. Back in the day record companies would decide whether a record was worth funding. Now bands can take advantage of well meaning fans in order to fund records that shouldn't have happened. Albums like this. The main issue is that there's barely anything to connect the thing that calls itself Gang of Four in 2019 to the original agit pop innovators of the late 1970s and early 80s. Only guitarist Andy Gill remains from that line up and the vocals are now 'supplied' by someone called John ‘Gaoler’ Sterry who I doubt was even born during the band's heyday.

As our Brian wrote of their 2011 album Content "they've continually, unapologetically urinated liberally on their own legacy since the early 80s" and Happy Now is a nonsense of an album that all involved should be ashamed of. It's a kind of electronics-heavy dance-pop that I'm sure is deemed futuristic and uncompromising by anyone with a hand in this. Instead it sounds kind of like a limp Nine Inch Nails.. or a tired Depeche Mode on an off day. Only the shards of Gill's once incendiary guitar playing remain as an original sound amongst the detritus.     

I'm not against anyone making a living from music in whatever way they choose to but to put this out under the name of this once legendary band is the ultimate in the constant and seemingly endless milking of the past by people who should know better. Just compare this to the recent output of Gang of Four's peers Wire and see how it should be done.   


2/10 Kevin Customer rating (no review), 2nd May 2019

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Gang Of Four - Paper Thin (Official Video) - YouTube



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