18 Jun 2004
The Long Good Friday 
Ex-Fac no-wave funksters ESG support the mighty Beta Band at London's Brixton Academy on Friday 2 July 2004. Other support comes from Dead 60's and DJ Mani (Primal Scream).

The details:

9pm - 3am
Tickets: £18.50 adv from 0870 771 2000, CC Hotline 020 7287 0932, Stargreen 020 7734 8932, Way Ahead 020 7403 3331.

All tickets subject to booking fee. Buy online: www.gigsandtours.com.

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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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