9 Aug 2004
Tony Wilson's Questions of Doom 
Questions of Doom More AHW-related goings on in this questionnaire on the Poptones website in which "Tony Wilson faces Poptones.co.uk's QUESTION OF DOOM about his new record label Red Cellars, New Order, Joy Division, Grime, Raw-T, Hacienda, Happy Mondays, Factory, Twenty Four Hour Party People and the new projected film about Ian Curtis."

Particularly interesting is the part where Tony explains why his new label is called Red Cellars and not Factory 3: "My partner asked me if I minded if we didn't use the Factory name this time- like Factory 2. I told him: 'I wasn't bothered'. So he came up with Red Cellars - which was fine and even finer when he explained he took it from the same paragraph that Rob Gretton got the name Hacienda from - so I rather liked that connection."

Thanks again to Moist.

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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."

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