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THEIR INFLUENCE stretches back two decades, yet there was still shock that Gang of Four could roll back the years with ease. It has almost become a cliche to namecheck the Leeds quartet as an inspiration, after Franz Ferdinand, The Futureheads and The Rapture showed due deference. When news came of a reunion, Flea, bassist of Red Hot Chili Peppers, also came out as an acolyte of the group's mix of scratchy guitars and funk rhythms.

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