26 Aug 2004
Lounge-Motown 
Record Collector (#301, September 2004) has an interview with Corinne Drewery of Swing Out Sister, who are back with a new album 'Where Our Love Grows'. She says that Andy Connell (ex-A Certain Ratio) has been working on the music for a short film called 'The Knickerman', directed by Sonja Phillips. Swing Out Sister have also being doing DJ sets which Andy apparently does on his G4 Powerbook but Corinne who sang on 'Bootsy' (from 'Force') by ACR, sticks to good old-fashioned vinyl Northern Soul collection. They've also put together a compilation of tracks from the Universal archives in Japan called 'A Few Of Our Favourite Things'. It features some of the songs that have influenced the group.

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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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