2 Nov 2003
It doesn't exist 
Crosby Homes' development of the site of the Haçienda as the Haçienda Apartments continues apace and it looks like the new building will be open soon as these photos I took yesterday show. The new building has been voted one of the Top Ten Worst Buildings in Manchester by readers of the PrideOfManchester.com website. Naturally, the original Fac 51 The Hacienda was number four in the same website's sister poll the Top Ten Best Buildings in Manchester.

Back in 1984, the Hacienda celebrated its Second Birthday. The poster has been somewhat elusive but I grabbed a photo of the one hanging on the wall of Vinyl Revival, Colin White's excellent record shop in Hilton Street, Manchester.

The new Factory record shop was also open, but thanks to being delayed on the M6 on the way up and having to get to Edgeley Park for the Stockport County v QPR game (a 2-1 QPR win) I was unable to check it out.

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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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