Music on TV This Week: Gang of Four

When the politically minded Gang Of Four debuted with the powerful Entertainment! back in 1979, the bomb that went off was more like a hand grenade, exploding years later as bands took up the Leeds quartet's sound and made it a commercial success. R.E.M. and Red Hot Chili Peppers enjoyed success incorporating some of Go4's post-punk funk agression, while more recent bands like Franz Ferdinand, The Futureheads, Bloc Party, The Rapture and more have been far less subtle in their homage.

Now after 16 years of absence, songwriters Andy Gill and John King are back a new rhythm section and songs to reclaim their sound. From the opening salvo of Content's "She Said," it's obvious that age has done little to mellow the cult icons. On Tuesday, the band makes their first late night talk show appearance in 22 years, playing "You'll Never Pay For the Farm" on Letterman. Given the song's angry words for Wall Street, it's a given Gil and King won't be ringing any honorary opening bell while in town.

If Gang of Four's righteous anger has you on edge, why not grab your favorite smallish person and take in the unexpected treat of new Yo Gabba Gabba episodes this week. This week sees music performances from The Killers (Monday, doing "Spaceship Adventure), Band of Horses (Tuesday, doing "Nature") and Galaxie 500's Dean & Britta (performing "Let's Ride" on Thursday). Here's a preview of The Killers' song written for the very special "Adventure" episode:

Elsewhere, this week finishes up with the increasingly less and less relevant Grammy Awards, highlighted by expected live performances from Arcade Fire, Janelle Monae and Cee Lo Green, breaking new ground by getting nominated for the F-word laden "F$%k You."

Picks for the week

Monday, February 7

ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Nelly

FUEL: The Daily Habit: Escape the Fate

NBC: Late Night With Jimmy Fallon: ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead

NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Interpol (REPEAT)

NICK: Yo Gabba Gabba: The Killers

TBS: Conan: FaR*eAst Movement

Tuesday, February 8

ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Pitbull

CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: Gang of Four

FUEL: The Daily Habit: Delta Spirit

NBC: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Merle Haggard

NBC: Late Night With Jimmy Fallon: Little Big Town

NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Jimmy Eat World

NICK: Yo Gabba Gabba: Band of Horses

TBS: Lopez Tonight: 50 Cent with Governor

Wednesday, February 9

ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Ke$ha

CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: Elton John & Leon Russell

FUEL: The Daily Habit: A Skylit Drive

NBC: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Ricky Martin

NBC: Late Night With Jimmy Fallon: Cowboy Junkies

NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Mini Mansions

TBS: Conan: Ray Lamontagne

Thursday, February 10

ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Pitbull

CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: Bryan Ferry

FUEL: The Daily Habit: Grouplove

NBC: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Nicki Minaj

NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Alberta Cross

NICK: Yo Gabba Gabba: Dean & Britta

SYNDICATION: Live With Regis and Kelly: Elton John

TBS: Lopez Tonight: The Pretty Wreckless

Friday, February 11

FUEL: The Daily Habit: Cage the Elephant

NBC: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: The Black Keys

Saturday, February 12

BBCAMERICA: The Graham Norton Show:

NBC: Saturday Night Live: Chris Brown

PBS: Austin City Limits: Pearl Jam (REPEAT)

Sunday, February 13

CBS: 53rd Annual Grammy Awards: Arcade Fire, Janelle Monae, Cee Lo Green, Eminem, Lady Gaga, Miranda Lambert, Katy Perry, Mick Jagger

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