2 Oct 2003
Pills and (some) thrills 
The first part of Stuart Maconie's new documentary 'Pills 'n' Thrills and Bellyaches' was broadcast last night on BBC Radio 2.

Presented in Maconie's inimitable style it was very entertaining even if it didn't make any earth-shatterring revelations and featured contributions from Mani (Primal Scream, ex-Stone Roses), Martin Coogan (Mock Turtles and Steve Coogan's brother), Miranda Sawyer (natch), Jon Savage, Bez, Shaun Ryder, Anthony Wilson, New Order's publicist, Graham Massey (Biting Tongues, 808 State, Tool Shed), Clint Boon (Inspiral Carpets, Clint Boon Experience) plus Hooky and Bernard Sumner from New Order.

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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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