4 Jan 2004
Cerysmatic Factory Top Ten of 2003 
(in alphabetical order)

Clowns and Pet Sounds - Amateur Night In The Big Top (Off World Sounds)
Cool As Ice - The Be Music Productions - Various Artists (LTM)
Elephant - The White Stripes (XL)
Ether Song - Turin Brakes (Source)
Gentle Sound - The Railway Children (Ether)
Room On Fire - The Strokes (Rough Trade)
Sleep / Holiday - Gorky's Zygotic Mynci (Sanctuary)
Someone Else's Party - The Durutti Column (Artful)
Tour de France Soundtracks - Kraftwerk (EMI)
Youth and Young Manhood - Kings of Leon (Hand Me Down)

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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)

The Durutti Column