August 10, 1981 12:00 PM

Gang of Four

Ever since dance-rock got up and boogied out of the ashes of disco, rhythm has been pop music’s most exciting rediscovery. Polemical lyrics may be the basis of the Gang’s reputation, but the interaction of Hugo Burnham’s pummeling drums, Dave Allen’s pounding bass and Andy Gill’s spiky guitar chords makes for one of the most original rhythmic spectacles going. Sure, Jon King still spouts mush like “Everything has been seen and dreamed/The shock is gone/No surprises anymore.” But an infectious beat bends the lyrics into melodic “hooks”—the one thing missing from Entertainment, the group’s acclaimed if low-selling debut album. This time if you don’t win at the ballot box, Gang, you’ll slay ’em on the dance floor.

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