18 Oct 2004
Joy Division 
Joy Division were, as promised, among the nominees for entry into Channel 4's UK Music Hall of Fame on last night's show which featured the Eighties. Amongst the clips shown were the promo for Love Will Tear Us Apart. Unlike other notable Halls of Fame around the world, this one is being voted for by the public at large by text, phone and internet. The other nominees included Guns n' Roses, Beastie Boys, Prince and The Smiths.

Vote for Joy Division here.

The show is repeated at 11.30pm on Friday 22 October on Channel 4.



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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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