Revolutionary (in the truest sense of the term) post-punk rockers Gang of Four are about to release their first album since Shrinkwrapped was released in 1995. Gang of Four present music as Marxist critical theory by way of the theories of French philosopher Louis Althusser. For a much more in-depth examination of the way Gang of Four use their music to present a critique of capitalist commercialism, read this article that I originally wrote as a research paper for a critical thinking class.
The new album from Gang of Four is titled Content and, like Mall and Shrinkwrapped before, represent just half of the original Gang. The standard bearers of rock’s most incisive songwriting team are the only members of the original Gang of Four to reappear in the band’s 21st Century guise.
As you may have inferred from the title of the band’s last two albums, not to mention their signature masterpiece Entertainment!, the vicissitudes of ideological interpellation of modern day man as an entity designed to consume, the album title Content provides a hint into the matter of whether Gang of Four have sold out or softened up as time has gone on.
As of this writing, I have not yet gotten my hands on Gang of Four’s new album so the content of Content will remain unreviewed until then. In the meantime, all those who have been sickened by the lack of engaging lyrical content to music that requires more than one listening to get the entire message have reason to celebrate 2011 as the return of the most lyrically gifted rock band of all time: Gang of Four.
Those wishing to get an advanced listening to what Gang of Four’s Content will sound like should set their internet phasers on this link. When you get to this web site you can hear for yourself what the new millennium version of Gang of Four sounds like as well as enter a contest to win a deluxed boxed set version of Content.