21 Mar 2004
Everything in its right place 
A non-exhaustive list of Manchester venues old and new played by Factory bands: Academy (Manchester University), Apollo, Band on the Wall, Beach Club, Boardwalk, Capri Ballrooms, Castlefields, Comedy Club, Electric Circus, Free Trade Hall, G-Mex, Green Rooms, Fac 51 The Hacienda, Heaton Park, International, International 2, Jabez Clegg, Kelly's, Lamplight Club, Lesser Free Trade Hall, Maine Road, Manchester Cathedral, Manchester Town Hall, Manchester University, Mayflower, Manchester Arena (MEN/NYNEX), New Electric Circus, New Osbourne Club (The Factory II), Old Trafford Cricket Ground, Piccadilly Gardens, Piper's Disco, Pip's, Polytechnic, PSV, Rafters, Ritz, Royal Exchange Theatre, Royal Northern College of Music, Russell Club (The Factory), Salford University, Squat, Urbis, Whitworth Hall (Manchester University), Woolworth's on Oldham Street.

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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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