Posted in music on May 7, 2008

Allen (l) and Burnham (r) in happier times (pic: Jamie Francis)
Allen and Burnham

I was liking the reunited Gang Of Four, and they have/had a new album coming out. Oh well. In Dave Allen's own words....


The original and best-loved line-up of famed post-punk icons Gang of Four reunited in 2005 to great acclaim, but are no longer. Bassist Dave Allen and drummer Hugo Burnham are moving on, although singer Jon King and guitar-player Andy Gill will continue, focusing on writing and recording new music as Gang of Four. Burnham last performed with the band at All Tomorrow's Parties in the UK in December 2006, while Allen played a few shows alongside a session drummer in 2007, and recently worked on new material with King and Gill.

Allen says, "At the beginning of April, I decided that I could no longer continue to be a member of Gang of Four. My ability to give 100% to the band is limited and I feel that if I can't do so, then I shouldn't continue. As I expand my research and thinking about contemporary music distribution on (Allen's popular blog), and as I focus on online technology and social networking at Nemo Design here in Portland, I find myself conflicted about how the band's new music should be released. To retain any credibility for about what the future of music distribution will look like, I have to move on and not hold back Jon and Andy's music plans. I have had a side project for a while now with John Askew of Tracker and Menomena's drummer Danny Stein called Faux Hoax (pronounced Folks), and I look forward to fun times finding ways to get our music into peoples' hands in unique ways."

Burnham writes, "It was a great couple of years of intermittently reminding people old and new, far and wide just how powerful the original four of us were together. Age only increased our power and focus onstage, and it was a rare pleasure to work with the original band once again. Being in a band requires handling the business side of it too, and that became boring and the constant travel became debilitating. I am soon to start my Doctorate, as well as broadening my teaching at more than one college here in Massachusetts, so my free time has become increasingly limited, making it difficult to be involved with them going forward. Musically, I am recording and writing with members of Boston noise-merchants, The Bags and I have also been doing some recording lately with Mike Watt. I wish Jon and Andy luck with their new musical endeavours; I am sure they will be interesting."



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Comments (15)

didn't these guys like, play with the buzzcocks or something?

Posted by He Sai D. Cox | May 7, 2008 2:52 AM

Damn Dave Allen, you can't even get the guy who you're in a band with's name right? Danny Seim, not Stein.

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2008 3:23 AM

Saw these guys play a few years back. It was great.

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2008 7:47 AM

Nice couch

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2008 8:05 AM

ARggh!!! One reunion that was not totally embarassing, now coming to an end. The reunion shows @ Irving Plaza a few years back, were the most incredible shows I had ever seen. Older and wiser and still kicking asses far and wide. A reminder of how lame some of the namecheckers really are. Gof4 will be missed. I hope that new record comes out still.

Posted by Fortyver | May 7, 2008 8:56 AM

Did they even tour dour the last few years? I saw the Irving Plaza show and the CMJ Hard Rock Cafe show, but that was years ago. Great shows.

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2008 9:52 AM

They were excellent opening for the Pixies out at Coney Island Baseball Park a few years ago.

And the early Go4 shows I saw at Club 57 (Irving Plaza) back around 1980 are still among the best concerts I've ever attended.

Posted by drewo | May 7, 2008 10:06 AM

gill and king are the real band

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2008 10:42 AM

i saw one of these reunion gigs in 2004-05 and it was mindblowing. they played almost every song off "entertainment" and played them quite well!

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2008 11:11 AM

To think they had REM opening/touring with them in 1980/81 or whatever. That would have been the shit to see that.

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2008 11:12 AM

Saw the Coney Island show that summer - sorry, but the Pixies completely put these guys to shame. I wasn't impressed - the Go4 encore was utterly ridiculous.

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2008 11:24 AM

the live shows were great, 3 or 4 years ago, but the recorded efforts were embarrassing. how silly that they're still officially 'together.'

you think you're cheap but you're TOO MUCH

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2008 11:57 AM

'Gill and King are the real band'...that nobody cared about without these two. Let's have more Hard and Mall (NOT!)

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2008 12:06 PM

Hard and Mall sucked for sure, but 1995's Shrinkwrapped actually wasn't bad. Not that I've listened to it lately.

Posted by bill p | May 7, 2008 2:08 PM

Gang of Two?

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2008 10:53 AM

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