Andy Gill, founding member and guitarist for the British post-punk outfit Gang of Four, has died on the age of 64.
Gill’s present band mates Thomas McNeice, John Sterry and Tobias Humble announced the guitarist’s loss of life Saturday on Twitter. No reason for loss of life was supplied, however the band famous that Gill not too long ago frolicked within the hospital.
“That is so exhausting for us to write down, however our nice pal and Supreme Chief has died right this moment,” Gang of 4 wrote. “Andy’s ultimate tour in November was the one manner he was ever actually going to bow out; with a Stratocaster round his neck, screaming with suggestions and deafening the entrance row.”
The band continued, “Among the best to ever do it, his affect on guitar music and the inventive course of was inspiring for us, in addition to everybody who labored alongside him and listened to his music. And his albums and manufacturing work communicate for themselves. Go give ’em a spin for him…”
The politically acutely aware Gang of 4 fashioned within the late Seventies within the wake of the punk explosion, with the band fusing punk with funk and reggae, all punctuated by Gill’s jagged and incomparable riffs. Gang of 4’s 1978 debut LP Leisure! was listed as one of Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Album of All Time.
As Gang of 4’s lone full-time member, Gill served as guitarist and producer on all 9 of the band’s albums, together with 2019’s Comfortable Now; following co-founder Jon King’s exit in 2012, Gill remained Gang of 4’s final authentic member. “If you’ve been round awhile, I feel some folks need to hear you do what they take into account basic Gang of 4, no matter that’s. Some kind of retake on Leisure!” Gill advised Diffuser in 2014. “However with what was taking place then, the kind of sounds I used to be making in 1979 have been a response to what the setting was then musically and lyrically. That’s what I’m doing now, however the world has moved on. I don’t need to do one thing that seemed like then, which belongs to the right here and now. I don’t spend a lot time desirous about that, I simply get on with it.”
As a producer, Gill labored on the Pink Scorching Chili Peppers’ self-titled 1984 debut album; Flea credited Gang of 4 as a serious affect, as did Kurt Cobain, who listed Leisure! as certainly one of his favourite albums within the posthumously revealed Journals.
“His uncompromising creative imaginative and prescient and dedication to the trigger meant that he was nonetheless listening to mixes for the upcoming report, while planning the subsequent tour from his hospital mattress,” Gang of 4 tweeted.
“However to us, he was our pal – and we’ll keep in mind him for his kindness and generosity , his fearsome intelligence, unhealthy jokes, mad tales and infinite cups of Darjeeling tea. He simply so occurred to be a little bit of a genius too.”
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