4 Apr 2004
Wild Party 
A Certain Ratio played an outstanding 70 minute set at The Band On The Wall last night in front of an exultant (and in some cases slightly wet - due to a leaky roof) audience. Although there were no 'special guests' as suggested on the flyer, ex-Ratio member Andrew Connell was in attendance. Highlights included a 3-song opening burst featuring Choir and Waterline, Wild Party, Won't Stop Loving You and a first encore cover of Heart and Soul by Joy Division. Check out these initial photos and a scan of the setlist.

Setlist

Intro
Choir
Waterline
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Do The Du
Rialto
And Then Again
Flight
Wonder Y
Shack Up
Wild Party
Turn Me On
Starlight
Won't Stop Loving You
Wanna Be
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Heart and Soul
Si Fermir O Grido

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In the grey days of late 1970s post-punk Manchester, youth culture was a serious affair: every musical performance was measured mostly by the conviction of its delivery. The term 'New Wave' opened up free vistas where acquired skills could once again be exercised after punk's monochrome blur. It could be applied to anything from a James 'Blood' Ulmer record to the latest Throbbing Gristle release, Magazine to Swell Maps. Move outside that terrain into Sun Ra, Parliament, Frank Sinatra and Martin Denny, and your options were suddenly without limit...

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