160. Gang of Four

If you just type “Gang of Four” on Wikipdia, the first entry you will get refers to the leftist faction of four Chinese Communist officials. We’ll let another website discuss Chinese Communism, so we will deal with the British Post Punk band of the same name that may have been just as politically motivated.   The Gang of Four proved that music could be ripe with political thought and still have music that could work as escapist Rock and Roll. Their brand of Post Punk borrowed from multiple influences and was a danceable brand of Alternative music. Gang of Four was able to create a rare brand of dual influence as musically they were able to inspire other bands that used forms of Alternative flavored Danceable Rock and lyrically they inspired other bands to give their socio political views. Influence aside, their lack of album sales may detract Hall voters from looking their way.         The Bullet Points:   Eligible Since: 2003   Country of Origin: United Kingdom (Leeds, England)   Nominated In: Never   Why They Will Get In: They were influence multiple genres and multiple acts.   Why They Won’t Get In: They likely were not successful enough to be considered.   Essential Albums: Entertainment! (1979) Solid Gold (1981) Songs of the Free (1983)   Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee: Damaged Goods (Single, 1978) At Home He’s A Tourist (From Entertainment!, 1979) Anthrax (From Entertainment!, 1979) He’d Send in the Army (From Solid Gold, 1981) I Love A Man in Uniform (From Songs of the Free, 1983) {acepolls 184}

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