Gang Of Four Gives 'Gift' Of New Recordings
Gang Of Four has finalized the track list for its new album, "Whitey's Gift," which features 14 new versions of classic tracks from its back catalog. Due Sept. 20 via V2, the album will also be availaGang Of Four has finalized the track list for its new album, "Whitey's Gift," which features 14 new versions of classic tracks from its back catalog. Due Sept. 20 via V2, the album will also be available with a second disc of remixes from such acts as Hot Hot Heat, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the Dandy Warhols, No Doubt's Tony Kanal, Faultline and Ladytron.
In October, a selection of those tracks will be released separately with other new remixes and covers for the U.S. market. The full rundown has yet to be finalized.
"Whitey's Gift" focuses on Gang Of Four's first two seminal albums: 1979's "Entertainment!" and 1981's "Solid Gold," via such cuts as "Damaged Goods," "Natural's Not in It," "Anthrax," "At Home He's a Tourist" and "Paralysed." Also featured are a handful of tracks from 1982's "Songs of the Free," such as "I Love a Man in Uniform" and "We Live As We Dream, Alone."
Gang Of Four recently concluded its first spate of touring with its four original members in more than 20 years. The lone upcoming date on its schedule is Sept. 24 at London's Barbican, at which it will perform "Entertainment!" in its entirety.
The band's willingness to offer its music up for remixing to a new generation of artists is striking a chord with longtime fans. "It's a really gracious thing to do," Slint/Papa M principal David Pajo tells Billboard.com. "Isn't it cool to see a band like Gang Of Four and realize that so much time has passed, but there is still nobody who sounds like them and does it like that?"
Here is the track list for disc one of "Whitey's Gift":
"Not Great Men"
"To Hell With Poverty"
"I Love a Man in Uniform"
"Natural's Not in It"
"What We All Want"
"At Home He's a Tourist"
"He'd Send in the Army"
"We Live As We Dream, Alone"