The Problem Of Leisure: A Celebration Of Andy Gill And Gang Of Four
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The Problem of Leisure: A Celebration of Andy Gill and Gang of Four is a double album of tracks written by Andy Gill and Gang of Four, all newly reinterpreted and recorded by artists whose own unique contributions to music were enriched by listening to Gang of Four.
The album features songs from across Gang of Four’s 40-plus year career, each individually chosen by the artists who covered them.
Andy Gill originally conceived of the album to mark the 40th anniversary of the release of Entertainment! in 2019.
His widow, Catherine Mayer, explains that this plan had already changed by the time of Andy’s death in 2020, after some artists chose tracks from different albums and periods.
“Andy was massively excited about this project,” Mayer says. “It wasn’t of course conceived as a tribute album, but it’s comforting to me that he lived to see artists he hugely admired enthusiastically agreeing to participate, signalling that the admiration was mutual.”
The album artwork has been created by English artist Damien Hirst, a long-time friend of Andy’s.
Barry says: A wonderful collection of some of the world's most respected artists covering the beloved tunes of Gang Of Four. From genres spanning electronic, indie and avant and from a huge variety of eras, it's clear how many people Andy Gill influenced, and how important these compositions are to today's musical landscape.
Idles - Damaged Goods
Tom Morello & Serj Tankian - Natural’s Not In It
Helmet - In The Ditch
3D X Gang Of Four Feat. Nova Twins - Where The Nightingale Sings
Hotei - To Hell With Poverty
Gary Numan - Love Like Anthrax
Gail Ann Dorsey - We Live As We Dream Alone
Herbert Grönemeyer Feat. Alex Silva - I Love A Man In A Uniform
LoneLady - Not Great Men
JJ Sterry - 5.45
La Roux - Damaged Goods
Everything Everything - Natural’s Not In It
Dado Villa-Lobos - Return The Gift
The Dandy Warhols - What We All Want
Warpaint - Paralysed
Flea & John Frusciante - Not Great Men
The Sounds - I Love A Man In Uniform
Hardcore Raver In Tears - Last Mile
Killing Joke X Gang Of Four - Forever Starts Now (Killing Joke Dub)
Sekar Melati - Not Great Men (live Version)