13 Jul 2017
Trainspotting with cars! 
Trainspotting with cars

"THE MAD FUCKERS"

BY THE BAILEY BROTHERS

TRAINSPOTIN WITH CARS!

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Cover sheet for draft script of FACT 181 The Mad Fuckers, the abandoned Factory Records film project by the Bailey Brothers (Keith Jobling and Phil Shotton) known for their extensive body of work with Happy Mondays.

See also: Mad for it

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11 Jul 2017
HOW DO WE KILL SAVILLE? 
HOW DO WE KILL SAVILLE? - flipchart sheet bearing intriguing question about Peter Saville

HOW DO WE KILL SAVILLE?

MAKE HIM HEAD DOORMAN AT HACIENDA

A long and painful death

or

Blow up his BMW

N.B. ALBERT FISH HA HA HA

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Mysterious and presumably jocular flipchart sheet from the AHW archives bearing the rather alarming results of an unknown Factoryesque focus group (did things really get THAT bad!?), the subject of which seems to have been Peter Saville.

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7 Jul 2017
A Certain Ratio live @ Baleapop Festival, France 
A Certain Ratio live @ Baleapop Festival, France

A Certain Ratio are live on 26 August 2017 at the Baleapop Festival right down on the south-west corner of France past Biarritz and nearly in Spain and the rest of the bill is about as eclectic as you're gonna get.

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Baleapop Festival
Saint-Jean-De-Luz
23-27 August 2017

More details at the Facebook event.

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6 Jul 2017
Noise Reduction System 4CD box set 


Minny Pops feature on a Cherry Red Records (who have been very busy recently) compilation called Noise Reduction System and which is out on 21 July 2017. Sub-titled 'Formative European Electronica 1974-1984' there are 61 tracks of "excursions in proto-synth pop, diy techno, noise and ambient exploration" across 4 CDs and it all comes with a 52-page booklet of liner notes by Dave Henderson (Sounds/Wild Planet/MOJO) and others.

The Minny Pops track 'Son' was part of the 'Sparks in a Dark Room' album recording sessions and was released on the Plurex label 'Hours' compilation.

Wally van Middendorp told Cerysmatic: "This track is all about being paranoid on a cold winter night and killing the killer who wanted to kill my son. We played a one minute version as the encore no-one asked for when on tour in 2012."

A year in the making, there is great range on display on the album going from electronic figureheads such as Cluster, DAF, Yello, Klaus Schulze, Vangelis, Front 242 to underground outsiders from across Europe.

More details available via cherryred.co.uk

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Title: Noise Reduction System
Label: Cherry Red
Format: 4CD/52pp BOOKPACK
Catalogue number: CRCDBOX35
Release date: 21 July 2017

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5 Jul 2017
The Railway Children live in Berlin 
The Railway Children live in Berlin

The Railway Children play the Firestation Records 20 Years Birthday Allnighter on 21 October with support from New Street Adventure.

21 October 2017
Privatclub
Skalitzer Stra├če 85-86
Berlin Kreuzberg
Germany

Tickets are available now priced 22.20 Euro via koka36.de

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"Manchester, 1978. In the beginning there were four: Jez Kerr (bass), Martin Moscrop (guitar/trumpet), Peter Terrel (guitar/effects) and Simon Topping (vocals/trumpet). Four thin boys with a name borrowed from a Brian Eno record, the intense, drummerless quartet initially drew influence from Wire, Eno, the Velvets and Kraftwerk, and gained a manager in Anthony Wilson of Factory Records.

"May 1979 saw the release of their first ACR single, the dark All Night Party, although the sound and musicianship of the band would be transformed by the arrival of funky drummer Donald Johnson (DoJo) in August. Over the next few months the band gigged widely, often with Joy Division as part of Factory packages, and recorded demos with producer Martin Hannett as well as a Peel session. Their support slot with Talking Heads on their UK tour in December 1979 set David Byrne on a new course, and provided the compelling live half of their chic cassette package The Graveyard and the Ballroom. Post-punk, ACR now reflected the influence of Funkadelic, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, The Bar Kays and James Brown."

- intro to ACR Biography by James Nice (LTM)

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