#FBF – it’s internet slang for what some “kids” today refer to as “Flashback Friday” and is a way for people of all walks of life and interest to transport themselves back in time in an audio/visual manner.
#GoF is another acronym of sorts for a British punk band that was ahead of their time with regards to politic activism and social criticism in the late 1970s. You’d be hard-pressed to find many of rock music’s classic bands — R.E.M., the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage Against the Machine, and Nirvana to name a few — who haven’t called them an influence over the years. 2016 couldn’t be a more appropriate time then to tour given the contentious political climate and one of them most memorable elections underway in most recent history.
The latest version of the band visited the 9:30 Club on Oct. 8 to open for The Faint. (Read our Parklife DC review of The Faint that night — ed.) While the band has had many iterations since officially forming in 1977, they managed to retain guitarist Andy Gill is the sole original member.
Watch Gang of Four perform “I Parade Myself” at the 9:30 Club (Video by Theresa Sanchez):
The lineup for this past tour included:
- Andy Gill: lead guitar, vocals (1977–1983, 1987–1997, 2004–present)
- Thomas McNeice: bass (2008-present)
- John “Gaoler” Sterry: lead vocals (2012-present)
- Jonny Finnegan: drums (2014-present)
Watch GoF play “At Home He’s a Tourist” at the 9:30 Club:
Setlist for the night’s show:
- Where the Nightingale Sings
- Not Great Men
- I Parade Myself
- Isle of Dogs
- Damaged Goods
- Natural’s Not In It
- At Home He’s a Tourist
- To Hell with Poverty
Here are some more pictures of Gang of Four performing at the 9:30 Club on Saturday, Oct. 8. (Photos copyright and courtesy of Theresa Sanchez.)