25 Oct 2004
We call him Massey 
BBC Manchester has a great interview with Graham Massey to tie into the recent release of the 808 State / New Order acid house remixes. The following extract explains the tracks' origins: "Dating back to 1988, the tunes were never intended for release but were staples of 808 State's early live gigs. 'We used to do them in our set really early on because it was just something that people would recognise,' says Massey. 'It was kind of catering a little bit because the rest of it was so abstract.' The Blue Monday remix was also used as an unofficial theme tune to Jon Da Silva’s legendary Hot night which ran at the Hacienda between June and December 1988 - acid house’s extended summer of love."

Read the full article here.

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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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