19 Dec 2003
On The Edge 
Screen Edge have the rights to release a whole load of ex-Factory and ex-Ikon videos which you may have longer for for some time.

Their 'Indie' catalogue includes Fact 77 'A Factory Outing', Fact 56 'A Factory Video', Fact 137 'Shorts', The Birthday Party 'Pleasure Heads Must Burn', Biting Tongues 'Wall Of Surf', Blurt 'Live At The Subs', The Fall 'Perverted By Language / Live at Leeds', Hunters and Collectors 'The Way To Go Out', plus a whole load of bands recorded live at Fac 51 The Hacienda including Blancmange, The Bridewell Taxis, Cabaret Voltaire, The Chameleons and, er, Divine. Prices are quite reasonable at around GBP 12.99 for a video and 15.99 for a dvd.

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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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