Dave Allen

Bassist and producer Dave Allen has been an influential part of the rock scene since the '80s. Although calling his label World Domination might be overstating the case, he certainly developed a solid fan base through his playing with the popular Gang of Four, and went on to be an important part of the somewhat more groovy Shriekback. The former band got together in 1977 when Allen and fellow bandmates Jon King, Andy Gill, and Hugo Burnham were still students at Leeds University. Over the next six years, Gang of Four would create some of the favorite music of the post-punk generation, and Allen was in on a good deal of it, leaving in 1982 for Shriekback, a band with more of a beat and less of a political mission.