Rhino has made it a point to reissue classic albums on 180-gram vinyl on a regular basis. These are the latest to get that treatment. You're welcome.
Gang of Four, Solid Gold: When pop culture elitists sit around citing the most influential bands of the post-punk era, Gang of Four have a tendency to pop up in the conversation (as well they should), but while their debut album is generally the one held aloft as the reason they were so awesome, let's not praise Entertainment! at the expense of their very strong sophomore effort, Solid Gold. You may or may not know it for its semi-hit, “What We All Want,” which was a top-30 hit on Billboard's Club Play Singles chart, but when it comes down to it, you should just know it, period. As AllMusic observed, it's an album which demonstrates that the band's sonic touchstones were as much Slave and Chic as they were Sex Pistols and Stooges.
Sit down, kids, and let us tell you a tale of a gentleman named Jack and his mannequin…
No, no, just kidding. This is actually a story about a band called Something Corporate…or to be more specific, it's a story about Something Corporate's singer, Andrew McMahon, who decided in 2004 that the fact that his band was going on a bit of a hiatus didn't mean that he had to do the same with his career. Instead, McMahon took the money in his savings account and recorded a solo album, releasing it under the moniker Jack's Mannequin.