30 Oct 2004
Westside! The brand new video game 'Grand Theft Auto III San Andreas' was launched today. The character of 'Maccer' is voiced by Shaun William Ryder himself as proved by the stellar castlist. By some bizarre coincidence (or genial marketing skill?) there happens to be a website purporting to be a famous Salfordian / Mancunian called, wait for it, Maccer. And there's a link to it at computerandvideogames.com. None of the other characters in the game, voiced by luminaries such as Ice-T and Samuel L. Jackson, appear to have a similar website. Go figure. Thanks to Moist.

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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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