10 Aug 2004
Single-minded electronic disco energy 
The DJ Magazine website has a piece on the Hacienda by Hillegonda C. "Gonnie" Rietveld (ex-Quando Quango). It is an extract from the forthcoming book 'Crossfade: A Big Chill Anthology' which is available to pre-order in advance of the official publication date. The book "chronicles from a fan's point of view the recent developments in electronic and ambient music and outstanding success of groups like Zero 7, Lemon Jelly, Royksopp, Bent and Talvin Singh."


Crossfade: A Big Chill Anthology
Edited by Pete Lawrence and Vicki Howard
Published 22 September 2004
ISBN: 1 85242 875 9
List Price: £12.00
Category: Culture & Music
Paperback 224pp

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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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