From The Desk Of Gang Of Four: Having A Pint Of Adnams Broadside In Ye Old Mitre

Andy Gill has a relatively simple work ethic that’s guided him for years, ever since his legendary post-punk outfit Gang Of Four burst onto the staid scene with its jagged, jarring Entertainment! debut in 1979. “There are loads of bands that can chuck out the same album, year after year,” he says. “But that model is just not for me.” The group’s quantum leap forward to 1982’s more danceable third album, Songs Of The Free, might have clarified that tenet already. If not, the latest Gang Of Four record surely will—the aptly dubbed What Happens Next, Gill’s first after the departure of longtime vocalist Jon King. Gill will be guest editing all week. Read our new feature on the band.


Gill: Ye Old Mitre, built in 1453, is just around the corner from where I live. I used to enjoy a pint there frequently, but now it’s just once in awhile. There’s a fantastic publican, Scotty, who has no truck with the sorts of fancy menus many pubs now boast. If you’re hungry, there are pickled eggs and toasties. The Mitre is probably the oldest boozer in London; it survived the Great Fire and the Blitz. You’re not just drinking beer—you’re drinking history.

Video after the jump.