21 Aug 2004
Sunshine and Love 
Get Loaded In The Park at Clapham Common in the English summertime tomorrow from noon sees the return of Happy Mondays, the UK debut of Domino Bones (Bez's new group) and, on the Get Loaded Stage, an eagerly-awaited London gig for Silent Partners (the Manchester band featuring Dermo ex-Northside). It appears to be sold out.

From The Guide: "The Stone Roses may have had the tunes, but under the guidance of Shaun Ryder, Happy Mondays did greater things, straddling the divide between dance and rock music and creating a musical language entirely their own".


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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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