6 Sep 2004
The Life of Reilly 
It's all go on the Durutti Column front as the band prepares for their UK tour and the release of the new Best Of album. Here's all the latest news courtesy of Phil Jones, DC Manager.

Vini Reilly will be interviewed on All Fm 96.9, a new local radio station in for the Manchester area, tomorrow Tuesday 7 September at 2pm.

As previously announced, The Durutti Column will play live on Mark Radcliffe's Radio 2 show this Wedsnesday 8 September.

The band will also be featured in the 15 September issue of the Manchester listings magazine City Life.

The 2-CD compilation on Warners, The Best Of The Durutti Column is on target for a 27 September release and is listed on Amazon.co.uk. No sleeve artwork details so far, other than that it is very classy.

And finally, there is a tour poster which will be on sale at all forthcoming shows.

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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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