By Scott Feemster
Gang Of Four were one of a handful of bands that emerged in England in the late 70's in the wake of the punk movement. They took the basic aggression and stripped-down DIY spirit of punk and fused it with influences of American funk, Jamaican dub-reggae and 20th century minimalist composition, creating a new movement referred to as post-punk. This alone would have made them highly influential, but Gang of Four also fused their new hybrid of music with strident lyrics criticizing Western society, politics and consumer culture.
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