14 Oct 2004
The Durutti Column 
News courtesy of Kooky and Rob S (welcome back!):

- thedurutticolumn.com should at last get secure payment processing next month, definitely by the end of the year.
- the subscription group (which was started to raise funds for the secure site) newsletter (paper copy) is due out late November; the first cd has already been issued.
- there may be some Durutti badges made, since they're enjoying an 80s-style revival in the UK.
- a new album is due to be recorded soon; as usual there will be signed copies available online when it emerges.
- Tempus Fugit sold out its first pressing, but more are on the way.

plus

- there is an advert for The Best Of The Durutti Column in the November issue of UNCUT magazine.

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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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