19 Apr 2004
The Orch were featured on Fac 2.02 A Factory Sample Too along with Italian Love Party, K-Track and East West Coast. The band played the Fac 2.12 Factory Too launch / showcase event at Fac 51 The Haçienda ["The Orch played confident luscious soundscapes with drum-machine backing and featured guitar and keyboard players along with a singer."]. A brief post-Factory recording career followed and then they split.

Michael Conroy Harris (The Orch, 1993-96) has a few quick words about his official website, the gloriously-titled www.no-show.biz, and his latest music project: "I've just added an Orch discography, such as it is. All this is very weird timing as I've got an album out with my musical collaborator Bruce Magill - comes out on Skinny Dog Records in summer. We're called Superqueens and the album's called Cheap Shots".



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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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