Andy Gill has died.

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Andy Gill has died.

Post by Larry Mal » Sat Feb 01, 2020 3:34 pm

Back in those days, everyone knew that if you were talking about Destiny's Child, you were talking about Beyonce, LaTavia, LeToya, and Larry.

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Post by windmill » Sat Feb 01, 2020 3:37 pm

Was/am impressed with his work with the Gang of Four.

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Post by zhivago » Sun Feb 02, 2020 2:20 am

I was lucky enough to catch Gang of Four three times, and each time he was excellent...a massive influence on my guitar playing.

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Post by timtam » Sun Feb 02, 2020 2:46 am

Playing this loud right now .... my favourite GO4 track from the time, Damaged Goods, on Jools Holland in recent years with 50% original GO4 incl Gill ...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPvVzyqNPQY

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Post by PorkyPrimeCut » Sun Feb 02, 2020 4:24 am

They're from my hometown of Leeds but I never actually got to see them.

Great band though, and a huge loss.

64 years old & only ill for a relatively short amount of time. It really puts things in perspective.
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Post by wingnutkj » Mon Feb 03, 2020 4:56 am

As usual, I was a bit late to the party with Gang of Four. They were one of those bands that I was vaguely aware of them from interviews with people who counted them an influence, but it never really occurred to me to actually, y'know, listen to them, until I did, and then the influence became immediately apparent. (See also: Hüsker Dü, Slint)

Anyway, I eventually picked up a copy of the "Return the Gift" compilation of re-recorded tracks, and it has sat in my car for the last several years getting frequent plays. I don't really drive much, and I have never got round to changing out the handful of CDs I bunged into it when I got it.

I saw them on their reformation tour six or seven years ago, and would have gone to see them again when they played Paisley in 2018, had it not been the same night as John Carpenter playing the Barrowlands.

You can definitely hear Andy Gill's influence all over the place - RIP.
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Post by Larry Mal » Mon Feb 03, 2020 5:06 am

Return the Gift is very good, actually.
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Post by timtam » Mon Feb 03, 2020 5:25 am

The re-recorded version of Damaged Goods on Return the Gift is arguably better than the original, which I would not have thought possible ... Gill's unique guitar sound still conveys the excitement of the time (it was their first single, so the first thing I ever heard from GO4, circa 1979) ...
https://youtu.be/M52Wo2GveLo

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Post by greens » Fri Feb 21, 2020 11:36 am

How did I miss this?

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Post by dc » Fri Feb 21, 2020 4:52 pm

i always suspected i heard Gill's influence in the intro "Feeling Gravity's Pull," then learned REM in fact toured with Go4 in 1981 ... ah, of course! 8)

anyway the New Yorker had a very good essay upon Mr. Gill's passing:

https://www.newyorker.com/culture/posts ... rous-noise
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Post by sammynb » Fri Feb 21, 2020 5:13 pm

PorkyPrimeCut wrote:
Sun Feb 02, 2020 4:24 am
They're from my hometown of Leeds but I never actually got to see them.

Great band though, and a huge loss.

64 years old & only ill for a relatively short amount of time. It really puts things in perspective.
Like I said in the other thread in the Misc Discussion forum I saw GO4 with AG in November last year (2019) and he/they were brilliant, even if he was the only original member left. The thing was that they had actually meant to tour here in March but they had to postpone the tour because AG was sick with a respiratory illness and couldn't fly, so it seems like he had some illness/issues for a while. 64 is still way to young.

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