13 Aug 2004
Damp squib 
Last night's Manchester Evening News trailed the UK leg of Madonna's World Tour with a piece recalling her appearance at Fac 104 The Tube live from Fac 51 The Hacienda.

Moist, the unnamed punter in the article, reveals a tad more about the event and would like to make the point that it was most definitely not a gig: "I'm afraid Madonna never actually 'played' at the Hacienda. She, and two lycra-clad muscle men, were filmed for 'The Tube' miming and dancing their way through a backing tape of 'Holiday'. This is known in the music business as a PA, not a concert, and involved no backing band and certainly no singing.

"She was reputed to have 'played' again when the filming of 'The Tube' finished and the club re-opened for the usual Friday club night but, apparently, she did nothing other than sit in the dressing room being chatted up by various dodgy Mancunians.

"It has always been a mystery to me as to who invented the myth of a Madonna concert and why it has lasted so long. I'd be interested to hear how many people tell you otherwise - they are mistaken or fibbing."

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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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