12 Apr 2004
All the king's horses... 
One more image added to the Peter Saville At Home collection (four out of eight ain't bad), this one is of the famous 'Two Situationist Cowboys'. Peter Saville's commentary goes as follows: "This is the first image used by Tony Wilson for the first Factory poster in early 1978 before I became involved in the project. I wasn't able to appreciate the philosophy at the time, but it seems almost biographical to me now." And the credits: "Image appropriated by Andre Bertrand. Speech bubble text appropriated from a novel called 'Tous les Chevaux du Roi' by Michele Bernstein".

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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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