23 Nov 2003
On closer inspection 
In at numbers 157 and 361 respectively in the Rolling Stone 500th issue '500 Greatest Albums of All Time' are 'Closer' by Joy Division and 'Substance' by New Order. Wot no Bummed, Vini Reilly, Technique or Unknown Pleasures!?

Even more of a surprise omission is the classic eponymous The Stone Roses album (Silvertone) from 1989. It isn't even in the Top 500 whereas it regularly features in the Top Five in polls originating in the UK.

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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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