3 Aug 2004
Monumental 
There is a trailer for The Durutti Column's gig on 16 September from the Bridgewater Hall website: "The Durutti Column featuring Vini Reilly & Bruce Mitchell and Special Guests. Manchester's own Vini Reilly and his low key indie project celebrate 25 years as The Durutti Column on home turf. The launch event for the definitive Durutti Column album released in September, this monumental gig will feature the band's full repertoire."

Web: Bridgewater Hall (online booking not available for this show)
Tickets for the show are £12.50 to £16.50
Box Office: +44 (0)161 907 9000
Fax: +44 (0) 161 907 9001
Or by post: The Box Office, The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, M2 3WS

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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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