16 Apr 2004
Glenn Routledge recalls his time working (and playing) at Fac 51 The Haçienda: "I worked there in the year it opened, when there were very few customers and we even asked people to bring board games in to play in the week! I started to do many bit of graphics and print, through Ginger [Howard Jones] and the first thing I came up with was a new design for the Haçienda newsletter. I was involved in tons of stuff over the years, and my pal and I [he also worked for Haçienda for the same amount of time] have many posters t-shirts, badges, cd's, cards, rock, and many of the signed Xmas gifts we were given by the directors of Factory".

Glenn also designed the Second Birthday poster.

Glenn continues: "My pal Brendon was offered Madonna's bra when she appeared at the Haçi, but he refused it! He has a fab Tube t-shirt from 1984! When Elsie Tanner and Foo Foo Lammar where top of the bill and Madonna was at the bottom!

We once thought of writing a book, since many stories were written by people on the outside and those that came along towards the end, and a couple of DJ's too [Dave Haslam]. We were both there every week for years and years! We even remember the bailiffs coming to turn off the power cos the club couldn't pay the bill!!

I did the artworks for the original 'Gay Mondays' night that Paul Cons tried to launch prior the the infamous FLESH. That night only had about 20 people tops! It was mostly of us from the club and some trendies from Sassoons. Funny!

Another thing was we did a swop night thing with Nude night and Camden Lock in London. A mini bus full of us which was organised by Mike Pickering, travelled to Camden, it took ages n ages and when we finally got there we were so off it, that we just collapsed and monged out.

One of the funniest of all things that Tony Wilson once mentioned was that 'The barstaff at the club' would nick full bottles of spirits to go to parties after the club had closed. we were all there with these massive bottles with the labels on the wrong way round! Hehehe we never admitted it of course....".

Thanks very much to Glenn. Hopefully there's more where that came from.

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"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."

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