7 May 2004
Influential 
More Factory-related design news in the new edition of Creative Review (the 'Annual edition with silver cover). This is from their official website: "Design consultancy Spin, in collaboration with Mark Holt, founding partner of 8vo and editor of type magazine Octavo, are to launch an exhibition celebrating the best in poster design from the last 40 years. Fifty Posters will be held at the Spin studio in London and features an eclectic mix of the most influential, ground-breaking poster design - with many of the posters coming from private collections and others even available to purchase."

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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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