5 Jan 2004
Returning legends 
Tickets for both the forthcoming Portugese Durutti Column dates are now on sale at www.ticketline.pt. In a (very) rough translation of the text on the website here is how they are billing the concerts: "One of biggest legends of the pop-rock of Manchester is returning. Vini Reilly's The Durutti Column, goes to the Santiago Alquimista, in Lisbon on 23 January, and to the the Rivoli Theatre, in Oporto on 24 January. This will be a chance to see and to hear the band interpret some its material from the Eighties, as well as its more recent album 'Someone Else's Party'."

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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