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Andy Gill R.I.P.

February 3, 2020

Over the weekend, Andy Gill, the guitarist for the English post-punk band Gang of Four passed away after a short respitory illness.  He was 64. 

Gang of Four released their debut album in 1979 on the heels of UK punk and continued making records throughout the 80s.  I admit, Gang of Four might not be a household name in 2020 but the band's influence is undeniable.  They had a bit of a resurgance in the mid 2000s when bands like Bloc Party and Franz Ferdinand started using aggressive beats and angular guitars, key ingredients in the Gang of Four sound.  

Andy Gill was also a respected record producer working with the Red Hot Chili Peppers on their self-titled album in 1984.

Check out some of these Gang of Four Classics:

This is so hard for us to write, but our great friend and Supreme Leader has died today. Andy’s final tour in November was the only way he was ever really going to bow out; with a Stratocaster around his neck, screaming with feedback and deafening the front row. His uncompromising artistic vision and commitment to the cause meant that he was still listening to mixes for the upcoming record, whilst planning the next tour from his hospital bed. But to us, he was our friend - and we’ll remember him for his kindness and generosity, his fearsome intelligence, bad jokes, mad stories and endless cups of Darjeeling tea. He just so happened to be a bit of a genius too. One of the best to ever do it, his influence on guitar music and the creative process was inspiring for us, as well as everyone who worked alongside him and listened to his music. And his albums and production work speak for themselves. Go give ‘em a spin for him... Love you mate. John, Thomas and Tobias GANG OF FOUR

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