24 Oct 2003
Hello Playmates 
This was a highly entertaining first exhibition by Central Station Design in 1990 featured some fine portraits of firm family favourites such as Arthur Askey (his catchphrase was 'Hello Playmates') and Harry Corbett & Sooty, plus many others.

Check out Arthur and Harry plus Ken Dodd and relive the launch party which attracted Reni from the Stone Roses, Neil Tennant, Andrew Berry (hairdresser to the stars), Bernard Sumner, Johnny Marr, 808 State's Graham Massey and Northside.

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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)

The Durutti Column