Wednesday, February 05, 2020

Song of the Day: 'I Love a Man in Uniform' by Gang of Four

This one's in memory of Andy Gill, a founding member of the English post-punk band Gang of Four, who died of pneumonia on Feb. 1 at 64. The Guardian notes that Gill was renowned for his driving, staccato guitar playing, and was also one of the intellectual guiding lights behind their frequently cerebral songs.

"I Love a Man in Uniform" was on the band's 1982 release, "Songs of the Free," which was one of the free promotional albums my brother Bill picked up in the newsroom at the Phoenix Gazette while interning there in the summer of 1982. (X's "Under the Big Black Sun," Oingo Boingo's "Nothing to Fear," Siouxsie and the Banshees' "Juju" and the Cure's "Pornography" were also in the pile -- how's that for an introduction to New Wave?) 

RIP, Andy.

1 comment:

Blobby said...

Oddly, a friend and I were talking about the band a few days ago.