24 Sep 2003
Durutti date 
The Durutti Column's last date (?) of the year takes place at the Manchester Academy 3 on Saturday 13 December.

Will be making the trip up to my old stomping ground in a combined 600+ mile football (Hartlepool FC v QPR) and music extravaganza.

The Academy 3 is also know as the Hop and Grape and according to the University of Manchester Union website is "the smallest of the Union's venues: a bar, meeting room and a live music venue, it is located on the top floor of the Union Building. The Hop and Grape hosts gigs from smaller, or up-and-coming bands, as well as societies' socials and one-off club nights. It's the perfect place to catch new talent on the way up. Many would argue that this is where the real gigs are played before the intimacy is lost."

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A Certain Ratio

"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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