30 Aug 2004
World of Pain 
Subtitled "10 troublesome album covers and the problems they caused" this list in Q Magazine's The 150 Greatest Rock Lists Ever features two well known Factory releases...

9. The Durutti Column 'The Return of The Durutti Column' "All Factory acts were press-ganged into glueing this this sandpaper sleeve by hand; the bulk by Joy Division's Ian Curtis. It was soon re-issued in a standard sleeve after retailers moaned that the sandpaper damaged other records in their racks." Which was the point in the first place.

10. New Order 'Blue Monday' "Peter Saville's floppy disc-inspired design was inspired by the computer-dominated music. However, the sleeve was so expensive that each copy of the biggest-selling 12" single ever sold actually cost the band and label money. The sleeve was simplified at each repressing."

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Peter Saville colour wheel
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)

The Durutti Column