Remembering Andy Gill’s genius with Gang of Four’s performance on Old Grey Whistle Test, 1981
Over the weekend the sad news arrived that the “supreme leader” and founding member of Gang of Four, Andy Gill, had died. Distraught, we found solace in remembering the iconic guitarist through some of his best work.
We could be bringing you a myriad of Gang of Four performances, as well as the opening guitar notes on ‘Damaged Goods’ just over and over, but instead, we’re bringing you one very special performance of ‘To Hell With Poverty’ on The Old Grey Whistle Test.
The last original member of one of the greatest post-punk of all time, Andy Gill sadly passed away over the weekend—but while his death has caused mass mourning across Yorkshire and the post-punk world, it was his work with the guitar that will live forever.
No better is that seen than in this 1981 clip from the iconic BBC television show, The Old Grey Whistle Test, as Gill and the rest of the group deliver a funky and furious performance to highlight the power of post-punk as they perform ‘To Hell With Poverty’.
The show in 1981 was hosted by Annie Nightingale, taking over from Whispering Bob Harris, and saw the Leeds band take to the airwaves and deliver a fiery performance with Gill leading the line. His undoubtedly inspirational guitar tone would influence countless bands from the future and here was one of the moments that he made everyone sit up and pay attention.
Gill effortlessly guides us around genres and musical landscapes with a flick of his wrist as the funk-filled bassline allows him to enact some screeching post-punk retribution. Jumping from echoing graveyard ghouls to the comforting chug of a runaway freight train, Gill takes us to a whole new world.
It’s sensational stuff and the kind of performance which saw Andy Gill become one of the most iconic guitarists of his generation. A true genius. Watch below as Gang of Four play ‘To Hell With Poverty’ on The Old Grey Whistle Test in 1981.