21 May 2004
FAC 511 preview 
Tony Wilson and Jon Dasilva were on BBC GMR last night talking about Fac 511: And You Forgotten - A Memorial Event for Rob Gretton which is this Sunday 23 May at The Ritz in Manchester and completely sold out.

There will probably be some other Fac-related radio fare over the weekend in the build-up to the event itself and Marc Riley's excellent Rocket Science on BBC 6 Music is worth a listen given its recent track record with The Durutti Column. And it's a damn good show anyway...

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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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