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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

“Idles does not exist without Gang Of Four”

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IDLES pay homage to the post-punk legends releasing a cover of ‘Damaged Goods’ for the tribute album ‘The Problem of Leisure: A Celebration of Andy Gill and Gang of Four.’

Popular British punks IDLES have paid tribute to Gang of Four, covering one of their most iconic songs. The band have taken Damaged Goods, adding only a slight Idles spin, keeping the classic track true to its brilliant original form.

“IDLES does not exist without Gang Of Four,” the band said in a statement. “Damaged Goods still sounds new and exciting after the millionth listen. We jumped at the chance just to play it, let alone record it. It was an honour, a joy and a privilege.”

The track was recorded for the tribute album The Problem of Leisure: A Celebration of Andy Gill and Gang of Four out June 4th. The tribute album features an impressive lineup of artists covering and remixing classic Gang of Four songs. The assortment of industry royalty includes Tom Morello and Serj TankianRed Hot Chilli PeppersFlea and John FruscianteHelmet, Gary Numan, Killing Joke, and more.

The albums title is taken from the opening line of Go4 song Natural’s Not In It.

The problem of leisure. What to do for pleasure. Ideal love, a new purchase. A market of the senses – Natural’s Not In It, Go4

The Problem of Leisure: A Celebration of Andy Gill and Gang of Four was originally conceived by Andy Gill as a celebration of Gang of Four’s 40th anniversary. Since his death, it has become more of a celebration and tribute to Gill.

Gang of Four’s Damaged Goods appeared on the bands legendary debut album Entertainment! 

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IDLES cover of Damages Goods is available now on streaming services.

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