5 Nov 2003
Unsighted and Serene 
Factory's series of boxed cassette releases released in the Eighties represented "a new line of cassette boxes releasing new titles as well as some back catalogue" according to the mail order catalogue from Of Factory New York. The new packaging was designed by Peter Saville who used the classic font Bembo on the front and side of the colour-coded boxes. Not every planned cassette was released. That same catalogue lists Fact 24c A Factory Quartet. Similarly a brown cassette box version of The Wake's Fact 130 Here Comes Everybody was never to see the light of day...

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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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