21 Jun 2004
The Observer Music Monthly's 100 Greatest British Albums (The Definitive Poll) contains four Factory albums.

No. 18 Joy Division 'Closer' ("Out of tragic isolation comes innovation")
No. 30 Joy Division 'Unknown Pleasures' ("Mancunian miserabilism par excellence")
No. 44 Happy Mondays 'Bummed' ("Magic plus drugs equals brilliance")
No. 65 New Order 'Power, Corruption and Lies' ("Out of darkness comes light")

The Top Ten was:

1. The Stone Roses 'The Stone Roses'
2. The Beatles 'Revolver'
3. The Clash 'London Calling'
4. Van Morrison 'Astral Weeks'
5. The Beatles 'Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band'
6. The Beatles 'The Beatles' (The White album)
7. The Rolling Stones 'Sticky Fingers'
8. The Rolling Stones 'Exile on Main Street'
9. Massive Attack 'Blue Lines'
10. P.I.L. 'Metal box'

The OMM asked each of 100 musicians, industry figures, broadcasters and journalists who made up their distinguished panel to supply a list of their 100 greatest British albums of all time. The panel included Bez and Peter Hook. Other notable panellists were Morrissey, Johnny Marr, Paul Morley, Simon Raymonde, Alan McGee, Terry Hall, Pete Tong and Jimi Goodwin. For the full list and more details check out the OMM website.

As with any poll, there are notable omissions: Pulp, Suede, Saint Etienne, Half Man Half Biscuit, The Cure, etc, etc...

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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."

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