Songs of the Free

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Songs of the Free
Studio album by Gang of Four
Released 1982
Recorded Ridge Farm, Capel, Surrey, England, March 1982
Genre Post-punk, new wave
Length 39:32
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Andy Gill, Mike Howlett, Jon King
Gang of Four chronology
Solid Gold
Songs of the Free
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau A−[2]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[3]

Songs of the Free is the third studio album by Gang of Four, released in 1982. In 1996, Infinite Zero Archive/American Recordings label issued it on CD, with two bonus tracks, and with a slightly changed song order (swapping the positions of "Muscle for Brains" and "We Live as We Dream, Alone"), and mistitling "I Love a Man in a Uniform" as "I Love a Man in Uniform." EMI reissued the album on CD in 2008 with the original song order and no bonus tracks.

Pitchfork Media listed Songs of the Free as 99th best album of the 1980s.[4]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Andy Gill and Jon King.

Side one[edit]

  1. "Call Me Up" – 3:35
  2. "I Love a Man in a Uniform" – 4:06
  3. "Muscle for Brains" – 3:17
  4. "It Is Not Enough" – 3:27
  5. "Life! It's a Shame" – 5:06

Side two[edit]

  1. "I Will Be a Good Boy" – 3:52
  2. "The History of the World" – 4:40
  3. "We Live as We Dream, Alone" – 3:37
  4. "Of the Instant" – 4:58


1996 bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "The World at Fault" – 3:38
  2. "I Love a Man in a Uniform (dub)" – 4:48


Additional personnel[edit]

  • Stevie Lange – backing vocals
  • Joy Yates – backing vocals



Year Chart Position
1982 Billboard Pop Albums 175


Year Single Chart Position
1982 "I Love a Man in a Uniform" Billboard Club Play Singles 27
1982 "I Love a Man in a Uniform" UK Singles Charts 65