Gang of four anthrax marxists


Where did “.” come from? It was apparently a myth created by the press. We did question a man with the initials “.” but he wasn’t the hijacker.

The Gang of Four's most notorious song, "Anthrax" would be a fairly mundane (albeit extremely edgy and brittle, thanks to Hugo Burnham's nervous-tic drums and Jon King's strangled vocals) post-punk anti-love song were it not for its masterstroke. As King is comparing himself to a beetle on its back in the verses and declaring "Love will get you like a case of anthrax and that's something I don't wanna catch" in the right channel, guitarist Andy Gill reads a monograph about the use of the word "love" and the idea of love in popular music, and the way these idealized uses inform people's expectations, occasionally interrupting himself to chime in on one of King's key phrases in the rest of the song. It's an amusing conceit that really works ? not least because the monograph raises some interesting points, even if it doesn't go terribly far with them ? making "Anthrax" one of the most unique and interesting songs of its time.

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They weren’t being paranoid. Aerial photographs taken by the CIA in 1962 revealed that while other islands had piers and fish-packing huts, this one had a rifle range, barracks and parade ground. But that wasn’t even the half of it. There were also research buildings, animal pens and an open-air testing site. The island had been turned into a military base of the most dangerous kind: it was a bioweapons testing facility.


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