15 Jan 2004
Ghostdancing 
Did you used to dance onstage arms aloft or skulk in corners with Happy Mondays at Fac 51 The Hacienda?

If so, you may already have heard about Over-Rated, the "brainchild of three thirtysomethings, Anthony Teasdale, Anthony Hill and Sean Bidder who mis-spent much of 2003 reviving club nights for, as they put it, "Johnny-come-latelys and media wankers"."

If not (and maybe if yes), check out the February edition of Word magazine. Apparently for their recreation of the Hac they replicated the famed Ben Kelly-designed interior using yellow paper and black masking tape.

Over-Rated has also recreated Shoom, Shelley's and The Paradise Garage.

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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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