19 Jul 2004
Iconic 
According to this BBC Manchester News article a 'huge star' has been signed up to play Ian Curtis in the film of the Deborah Curtis book 'Touching From A Distance'. No real clues at the moment as to whom it might be though apparently some wags on Nool are jesting that it might be Samuel L. Jackson (!). We are assured it is an actor who "looks rather a lot like Ian" and that "he has just finished a couple of films in which the only thing he listened to was Joy Division and New Order".

Thanks to Conor and NewOrderOnline.

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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."

- intro to ACR Biography by James Nice (LTM)

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