amacker (amacker) wrote,

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Gang of Four ... rocked the Download Festival

Andy Gill ... omigawd he gave a shit about the 200 people or so who were crazed by their performance ... Shoreline seats 30,000 i think?

Gill also produced much of Gang of Four's output, including their most recent 2005 release, and albums for many other artists including the Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Jesus Lizard, The Stranglers, The Futureheads, Michael Hutchence, Killing Joke and The Young Knives.

The show was blisteringly good. Gill pulled out a baseball bat towards the end and smashed a TV to bits.

Another brilliant act we caught outside the arena on the pavement, playing their hearts out, were the Ferocious Few. A minimalist band- guitar player / lead singer and a crazed drummer on a small trap set banging away. I was reminded of 16 Horsepower, The White Stripes, and The Black Crowes all at once. Check them out on MySpace.

The most disappointing act, the headliners, Jesus And Mary Chain, whom I love... or did until yesterday. They either had just done the smack, or had just been woken up from a very long nap ... maybe a decade long. I don't know if they are on the "track team" as my friend Bruce calls it, but they phoned in a lackluster performance that bored the audience ... so I left. But not before hearing the most pathetic version of "Head On" that made me compelled to take the song away from them and give it to a band who deserves it... The Pixies.
Tags: ferocious few, gang of four
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