16 Nov 2004
24 Hour Party People is in MOJO's 50 Greatest Music DVDs You Must Own (just in time for Christmas) with this amusing summary: "Steve Coogan's quirky central performance as Factory supremo Tony Wilson was as love-it-or-loathe-it as Wilson himself, but this double-disc DVD is a must-have-item for anyone interested in Manchester music of the late '70s and beyond.

Wilson's hilarious commentary is augmented with bizarre interview footage of Shaun Ryder in the midst of his 21st century bloat, Wilson, and designer Peter Saville discussing his favourite Factory sleeves, plus 24 (of course) deleted scenes."

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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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