Songs of the Free

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Songs of the Free
Studio album by
RecordedMarch 1982
StudioRidge Farm Studios, Dorking, Surrey
GenrePost-punk, new wave
ProducerAndy Gill, Mike Howlett, Jon King
Gang of Four chronology
Solid Gold
Songs of the Free
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3/5 stars[3]
Spin Alternative Record Guide8/10[4]
The Village VoiceA−[5]

Songs of the Free is the third studio album by Gang of Four, released in 1982. It is their first with Sara Lee as bassist, replacing Dave Allen. 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 listed Songs of the Free as 99th best album of the 1980s.[6]

Rhino Records re-released Songs of the Free in Limited edition of 6,250 on 180-gram blue, purple, and yellow splattered vinyl for Black Friday Record Store Day 2015.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Andy Gill and Jon King
All songs written at Mount Pleasant Studios, 38 Mount Pleasant, London E1; special assistance from Jon Astrop

Side one
  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
  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


Gang of Four


  • Stevie Lange – backing vocals
  • Joy Yates – backing vocals
  • Simon Smart, Walter Samuel - engineer
  • Shot That Tiger! - art direction, design
  • Colin Barker - photography



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


  1. ^ Kellman, Andy. "Songs of the Free – Gang of Four". AllMusic. Retrieved 23 May 2014.
  2. ^ Pareles, Jon (8 July 1982). "Gang of Four: Songs Of The Free". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2 April 2003. Retrieved 2 May 2017.
  3. ^ Considine, J. D. (2004). "Gang of Four". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 321–22. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  4. ^ Weisbard, Eric; Marks, Craig, eds. (1995). Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. ISBN 0-679-75574-8.
  5. ^ Christgau, Robert (10 August 1982). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved 2 May 2017.
  6. ^ "Top 100 albums of the 1980s". Retrieved 16 July 2011.