10 Nov 2003
New 'Untitled' Durutti Column album for 2004 
Thanks to Rob Stanzel, Durutti-meister General, for the latest word on the next album by The Durutti Column. The 14-track album is as yet untitled (and may continue to be so?) and is due to be released in Spring 2004 on Kooky who previously released The Return of the Sporadic Recordings.

Rob also says that "there may be a single on another label. London is due to release a "definitive collection" in March, a double CD compilation with no new tracks. (This may also be the point at which the Once reissues are withdrawn as previously suggested.)"

All this plus a planned US tour too!

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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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