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Gang Of Four play Entertainment!: Barbican, London

Tim Cooper, Independent, The, 27 September 2005

FORMED AT LEEDS University in 1977, they dragged punk's three-chord trick into a radical and subversive new direction by marrying its guitar-driven rage to funk's nervy rhythms, annexed to a radical political agenda. It was never quite entertainment – hence the ironic exclamation mark in their debut album's title – but it was intense, visceral, and very much of its time.

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