16 Aug 2004
Tunnelvision played their first show since they trod the boards at Manchester Gallery on 1 October 1981 when they appeared at the Summer Daze festival at Ashton Gardens in St Annes, Lancashire yesterday afternoon. They played a 25-minute set of all new material (because they didn't have time to rehearse the old stuff) and, despite the odd sound glitch, went down well with an enthusiastic crowd of sun-worshippers. Afterwards, the band (Chris - vocals/guitar, Tony - drums and Ian - guitar) were in relaxed mood and looking forward to possible further live dates.


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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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