Tom Morello, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Gary Numan & more pay tribute to Gang of Four’s Andy Gill
Gang of Four’s Andy Gill was one of the most influential rock guitarists of the last 40 years and there are echos of his taut sound — when people call post-punk guitars “angular,” Andy Gill pretty much invented that. It’s no surprise that tributes have been pouring out since news of his death, including many musicians he influenced, such as Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello, the Red Hot Chili Peppers (Gill produced their debut album) and Flea, REM’s Mike Mills, fellow Leeds post-punks Mekons, Blur’s Graham Coxon, Mark Stewart of The Pop Group, Afghan Whigs’ Greg Dulli, Gary Numan, The Futureheads (Gill produced their debut), Colin Meloy, Noveller’s Sarah Lipstate, Geoff Rickly, and more. Read those below.
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A statement from Jon King, Hugo Burnham, Dave Allen – Gang of Four. pic.twitter.com/9fRqDT12CH
— Gang Of Four 77-81 (@gangoffour77_81) February 1, 2020
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So sorry to hear of the passing of the great #AndyGill, guitarist of Gang of Four. One of my principal influences on the instrument as his jagged plague disco raptor attack industrial funk deconstructed guitar anti-hero sonics and fierce poetic radical intellect were formative for me. So glad I got to see him and revel in his incendiary art and wry wit several times over the past year. He was really, really fucking great.
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Andy Gill, one of my favorite guitar players of all time has left us. Go listen to the Gang of Four album ENTERTAINMENT right now. Turn that shit up loud and rock the fuck out. Dance. Think. Thats a record that changed my life forever, and was massively influential on my development as a musician, and showed me what a rock band could be. There is nothing else like it. It cut a fucking hole right the thick LA smog that I wanted to jump through. After not being in touch for many years, Andy and I had spoken recently, and communicated a lot of over the last several months. I am shocked. Andy was one of my heroes, a man who inspired the shit out of Hillel, Anthony and I as youngsters; I was thrilled beyond belief when he agreed to produce our first album. May his beautiful soul be in bliss with the divine, I love you Andy.
Very sad. Andy Gill played drums in the first ever mekons line up at the infamous Tartan Bar sofa/spaceship gig/performance.
He was our friend, comrade and a legend! #RIPAndyGill
— The Mekons (@TheMekons) February 2, 2020
4 andy gill xm
"Our hearts go out to his wife, Catherine and his brother, Martin.
Jon King, Hugo Burnham, Dave Allen – Gang of Four. '
— mark stewart (@_markstewart) February 1, 2020
Really bummed to hear of Andy Gill’s passing. He, and the rest of the Gang, changed how we attacked the live show, gave us a bar to try and rise to. And so much metallic volume…good bye to one of the best. R.I.P., Andy. #GangOfFour
— Mike Mills ❄️⛄️ (@m_millsey) February 1, 2020
Just heard that Andy Gill from Gang Of Four has died. That is tragic. Andy was a unique talent.
— Gary Numan (@numanofficial) February 1, 2020
Gang of Four – Ether https://t.co/sOW87H8qy0
— graham coxon (@grahamcoxon) February 1, 2020
— Geoffrey Rickly (@GeoffRickly) February 1, 2020
“To have ambitions was my ambition…”
A formative record for me. Andy Gill was such a unique guitarist and songwriter. Farewell, sir. pic.twitter.com/85WFWi9qS5
— greg dulli (@MrGregDulli) February 1, 2020
Rest In Power my hero Andy Gill. Thank you for the inspiration and opening up my mind to music as a boy.
— Bob Nastanovich (@BNastanovich) February 1, 2020
— Sarah Lipstate (@sarahlipstate) February 1, 2020
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Andy Gill, best known as the founding member and guitarist for Gang of Four, is also a highly respected producer who has worked with Michael Hutchence (INXS), The Futureheads and The Jesus Lizard, among others. Catch our interview with Andy today on PleaseKillMe.com! Photo by Leo Cacket #andygill #gangoffour @gangoffourofficial #gangof4 #postpunk #punk #Complicit #pleasekillme #thisiswhatscool
It’s very sad to hear about Andy Gill from Gang Of Four passing away. Massively influential on me and many, a post-punk Wilko Johnson, and electrifying in performance. Love to all those left behind. https://t.co/ESffBmODpX
— Pete Wylie is WAH! (@petewylie) February 1, 2020
RIP Andy Gill. Long live Gang Of Four. https://t.co/aC3zzv5GjD
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) February 1, 2020
that fucking Stratocaster feedback i Just … UGGGHhhhhhhhgggg a KING has fallen pic.twitter.com/AT3wpvse17
— Hether Fortune (@hetherrfortune) February 1, 2020
RIP Andy Gill! This performance — unearthly weird. Totally rearranged what guitar playing was/is. https://t.co/E833Mlc6A1
— colin meloy (@colinmeloy) February 1, 2020
Gang Of Four / Contrary to what some people thought late period line up were on fire – a testemant to the band leader brilliance of the late Andy Gill Manchester Oct 2018 : Live Review https://t.co/6n8dzYY5IT via @louderthanwar
— john robb (@johnrobb77) February 1, 2020
Andy Gill dies ,aged 64!!! Its so sad!!!! Bye-Bye, Sir-Edwyn,
— Edwyn Collins (@EdwynCollins) February 2, 2020
Gang Of Four’s music was a staple for us at TRASH during the early 00s.. I warmed up for them I’m 2005 and they were absolutely incredible, as visceral and brilliant as the records from decades before. RIP Andy Gill. https://t.co/Yk2mclaSiu
— erol alkan (@erolalkan) February 1, 2020
RIP Andy Gill. Nobody hit it like Gang of Four did. Great footage below: https://t.co/jS8drP0p8f
— matt sweeney (@theheavyjamz) February 1, 2020
I did @BBClamacqshow Roundtable with Andy Gill once and he was absolutely lovely and so humble for a man who reinvented the sound of guitars. RIP.
— wichitarecs (@wichitarecs) February 1, 2020
What terrible news. A tragedy. https://t.co/6gWZRVtziG
— Marc Riley ⚽️ (@marcrileydj) February 1, 2020
So sad to hear about the passing of Andy Gill. Gang of Four were one of the best and working with Andy on our early singles and first album set us on our path. A true gent. Absolutely gutted.
— The Futureheads (@thefutureheads) February 1, 2020
We live as we dream, alone
To crack the shell we mix with the others
Some flirt with fascism
Some lie in the arms of lovers
— "We Live as We Dream, Alone," 1982
RIP Gang of Four guitarist-singer Andy Gill
— Michael Azerrad (@michaelazerrad) February 1, 2020
Damn. I grew up on Gang of Four. RIP Andy Gill.
love to his friends and family. https://t.co/Pobolf0iTD
— Sargent House (@sargenthouse) February 1, 2020
RIP Andy Gill. https://t.co/O1ILZyygfx
— Wolf Parade (@WolfParade) February 2, 2020
— Kid Congo Powers (@kidcongopowers) February 1, 2020
earth-moving round of applause for Andy Gill x
— future of the (left) (@shit_rock) February 1, 2020
Isn't it fascinating that nobody has duplicated this dude's vibe despite MULTIPLE DELIBERATE ATTEMPTS?
Rest in peace, Mr. Andy Gill. There shan't be another. https://t.co/dwirAHMUOz
— Beauty Pill (@beautypill) February 1, 2020
rest in peace Andy Gill ❤️
— el-p (@therealelp) February 1, 2020
Gang of Four live in 1980. ANDY GILL on guitar. So god damn fresh!!. Rest In Peace Andy https://t.co/zdSfQ8csTt
— PICTUREPLANE (@pictureplane) February 1, 2020