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    Vlog 028 - Gang of Four | Godfathers | Cowboy Junkies | ...


    by RockPeaks

    On our 28th episode, we review the Gang of Four's high octane Letterman performance of "Never Pay for the Farm", from their latest album "Content". The history of these politicized Leeds post-punks is a fascinating one, a musical journey that began with their seminal 1979 release "Entertainment!". We play a snippet of "Damaged Goods" from that hugely influential record, one that was recorded at New York's Hurrah's nightclub on New Year's Eve 1980, followed by the classic "To Hell With Poverty" from the Old Grey Whistle Test 14 months later. The band's sound had evolved considerably over that time, and took a further radical turn for their next release "Songs of the Free" which features the eminently danceable "I Love A Man In Uniform". We end our Gang of Four overview with the forceful "At Home He's A Tourist" recorded for Later with Jools Holland in September 2009. A full concert DVD featuring the London rockers The Godfathers came our way recently, and watching them turn it on for the German television cameras in 1990 reminded us of what a great band they were, so full of attitude and promise. As an anthem of dead-end frustration, 1988's "Birth School Work Death" stands up there with "Career Opportunities" and "My Generation" as a generational call to arms – it's just too bad the group's moment of glory came at a time when snarling guitar rock was not so much in vogue. The reunited group recently released a live CD/DVD called "Shot Live at the 100 Club" which is high on our must watch list. A pair of gorgeously twangy country rock numbers graced the airwaves last week. The Cowboy Junkies' new album "Demons" is a tribute to the late Vic Chesnutt, whose terrific 1995 song "Wrong Piano" is the first number from that disc to be given a public airing, performed on Jimmy Fallon on February 9th. Ray LaMontagne's excellent album "God Willin' and the Creek Don't Rise" continues to yield musical gems, like the pedal steel driven "For the Summer" that was played to an enthusiastic audience on Conan last ...