5 Jan 2004
Live At The Venue (DCC01) 
Live At The Venue by The Durutti Column is reissued as a single cd in a limited edition of 1000 copies, will be officially released on 26 January 2004 having been first sold at the recent Manchester Academy gig. However, if you order the album now, direct from Kooky, your order will be despatched immediately. It's competitively priced at 11.00 GBP (UK), 11.50 GBP (Europe) and 13.00 GBP (Rest of the World) so get ordering.

This is the first in a series of reissues of old material by the band. More details are available on the news page of the official Durutti Column website.

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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