11 Mar 2004
A unique aural/noise/rhythm background 
The Third Member of The Durutti Column was a video package made to commemorate the re-release of the first batch of Factory Once Durutti Column albums. It also celebrates "the founding role of legendary producer Martin Hannett. It was Martin's idea to take a lone genius guitarist and by providing a unique aural/noise/rhythm background, allow this boy Vini to make great music and express himself on record". The video itself is a film by Tosh Ryan about Hannett's life and work.

The Martin Hannett Biography Project by William and Anna is a great resource for all things Hannett-related.

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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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