20 Aug 2004
A Certain Ratio Rumours 
Rumours circulating about a possible future release of A Certain Ratio's live set at Fac 511 have been given some credence by the Urbanite mailing list which says that "Pete from Ithaca (current Urbanite act) is currently mastering the - described as ultimate - audio masters. We'll let you know what the band decides to do with them and whether they're going to be available on any of our websites!!". It was a splendid set featuring a storming version of Joy Division's 'Heart and Soul' (complete with Hooky on bass) so let's hope it gets the go ahead.




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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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