That’s Entertainment!

Gang of Four, New York City, 1981 (c) Laura Levine

Gang of Four, New York City, 1981 (c) Laura Levine

The second episode of Later…with Jools Holland continues tomorrow and Friday on BBC2 with another six diverse musical acts. The one I’m most looking forward to seeing is Leeds post-punk band, Gang of Four. They haven’t released too much stuff over the last couple of decades and only singer Jon King and guitarist Andy Gill remain from the original line-up. They’ll be playing songs from their debut, Entertainment! (1979), an album that would surely have been nominated for the Mercury Prize if the award had existed in 1980. A former Mercury Music Prize winner, Dizzee Rascal, and two former nominees, Editors and Beverley Knight, will also be appearing on the show. The up-and-coming act on the show is Krystle Warren & the Faculty. Even though they hail from Kansas, Missouri, their latest album, Circles, has been released on a French label called Because Music. Finally, the ABC of Boogie Woogie is the name of a trio that features a guy who also plays drums for a band named the Rolling Stones. You can hear an example of his magnificent percussive skills below, along with a track from each of this week’s other guests

Paint It, Black – The Rolling Stones

I Found That Essence Rare – Gang of Four

That’s Not My Name – Dizzee Rascal (Ting Tings cover)

Bonny (Prefab Sprout cover) – Tom Smith (Editors)

Chelsea Piers – Krystle Warren & the Faculty

Made It Back – Beverley Knight