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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"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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