6 Apr 2004
Funny how time flies 
This in from Kookydiscs: "Tempus Fugit. Out now! The much anticipated and critically acclaimed new studio album from The Durutti Column. Available mail order, £13.00 including p&p UK. Please add £0.50 Europe, £1.00 RoW. £ sterling cheques payable to: thedurutticolumn.com. For further information visit our website at: www.thedurutticolumn.com. Kooky, 2 Adams Close, Stanwick, Northants NN9 6TQ". Presumably the album will be available to buy at the gigs over the next few weeks as previously promised.

Further activity on the Durutti front sees the launch of the Durutti Column Subscription Group. For the price of £15 UK / £17 Eur / £20 RoW you will receive:

- a free exclusive compilation CD of rare and exclusive tracks
- bi-annual newsletter
- special offers on all discs and merchandising
- priority on all new releases

All £ sterling cheques payable to: 'thedurutticolumn.com' [cash prices: Euros: Europe 25, RoW 30, US Dollars: Europe 35, RoW 38]

Send to: Kooky, 2 Adams Close, Stanwick, Northants NN9 6TQ

Sounds like an interesting concept and let's hope it's a success.

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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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