16 Jul 2004
Blurt live @ The Spitz 
Blurt play a gig at London's The Spitz next month according to the official Ted Milton website. Plus a new album and European Tour have been announced.

Wednesday 18 August 2004
The Spitz
109 Commercial Street
Old Spitalfields Market
London E1 6BG (see map)
8:00 pm
£6
Tickets: seetickets.com

A new album 'Let there be Blurt - the best of' Vol. 2 entitled "The Body That They Built To Fit The Car" will be out in September 2004 and will feature 14 tracks plus two video clips (The Body That The Built & Machina Machina). Also available: The Best of Blurt Vol 1 - The Fish Needs A Bike (Salamander).

Plans are also afoot for a Blurt European Tour in November 2004. According to tedmilton.com "No dates have been set yet, though Blurt's management agency / record label revealed plans are being made. The agency is looking forward to getting interesting offers. All booking enquiries should be directed to: booking@tedmilton.com". The band were last seen live performing on the One World stage at Glastonbury on 25 June.

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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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