This year’s Gang Of Four tribute album The Problem of Leisure: A Celebration Of Gang Of Four is a genuine blast, with an A-list of acts managing to be both reverent and reinventive of the source material. One of the highlights, for me, is Warpaint’s take on the opening track of the band’s second album, Solid Gold.
Bassist Jenny Lee Lindberg had this to say about the band getting to opportunity to contribute to the tribute, which had been hand-curated by Andy Gill before his death last Spring:
“The line, ‘The change will do me good‘ from ‘Damaged Goods’ is the best piece of advice that pretty much changed my life, not to mention Dave Allen’s bass playing – that also changed me forever. Made me wanna play bass. It was cool to get inside of ‘Paralysed,’ and for Gang Of Four to give us freedom to freak out in our way… it was a beautiful opportunity and we’re SOOO excited. It’s an honour actually, to be a part of Andy’s tribute.”Jenny Lee Lindberg – Listen to Warpaint’s dreamy cover of ‘Paralysed’ by Gang Of Four @ NME
Gill’s widow, who shepherded the project through after his passing, had this to add:
“Andy loved the way Warpaint created not only songs but atmospheres, without sacrificing drive and danceability. The marriage of their unique sound with ‘Paralysed’, on the face of it one of the least likely dance tracks ever, is spectacular. The lyrics are also incredibly resonant at this moment in time where so many people feel helpless in the face of regressive populism and disfiguring inequalities.”Catherine Mayer – Listen to Warpaint’s dreamy cover of ‘Paralysed’ by Gang Of Four @ NME
It’s also one of the selections from the comp with its own video: