Record of the week – Gang Of Four – Happy Now

It’s now almost 40 years since the group’s debut album ‘Entertainment!’ was released, one of the post-punk era’s most influential documents.

Sparking a slew of post-Millennial imitators, Gang Of Four’s ongoing reformation has sparked some vital, engaging music.

A subversive blast of hook-heavy pop-inclined songwriting, it’s up on Spotify now. The band’s Andy Gill explains:

“We have short memories, maybe the world has not changed so much. Polarization is not new. We had an idea that we moved forward with; but now it’s crumbled and turned to dust. What was solid is now ‘Paper Thin’. Once, we could shut the door but we can no longer, the outside world will get to us, constantly, all the time.”