1 Nov 2004
The Return of the Sleeve 
From the days when CD-ROMs and the Factory Too website were new technology: "October 24th '95 saw the media launch of "Sex and Death - the CD-ROM" at London's ICA. This reworking of the Stephen Street produced album was created by Manchester Multimedia Developers, The Boot Room. The CD-ROM - that's the MAC version - is on the streets via Pinnacle Software in mid November. It's being hailed as the first classy example of the new CD-Plus or CD enhanced format." This was also a Durutti Column gig with Vini playing tunes in front of projections from the CD-ROM.

As a footnote to this it is also worth noting the extremely amusing legal disclaimer that came with the CD-ROM:

"The following is a legal agreement between you and Factory Records Too and the The Boot Room. You're supposed to read this agreement carefully before using the Durutti Column 'Sex and Death' CD ROM. By using the CD ROM, you agree to be bound by this agreement. If you do not wish to be bound by this agreement, you should immediately return the CD ROM, unused, with your proof of purchase, to the place where you obtained it for a full refund and maybe a fuss about the way lawyers get everywhere.

The materials and rights of the Producer and of the Owner of the work reproduced on this CD ROM are reserved. Unauthorised copying, hiring, lending, public performance, radio, TV Broadcasting or use within any other media display and broadcasting system of this CD ROM is prohibited. You may use this CD ROM for your personal use only. We'll also let you show your friends cos' we're nice.

You may not place any of the materials on this CD ROM on an electronic bulletin board or other form of on-line service. That's the official bit but hey, get a life.

We would prefer if you do not use any of the materials on this CD ROM without prior written permission to do so. Unauthorised use of any of the materials is a violation of world-wide copyright law. The data contained herein belongs to Factory Records Too and The Boot Room, and is protected by the copyright laws of the UK, and the rest of the World, and we have great lawyers.

You agree to indemnify and hold harmless Factory Records Too and The Boot Room against any damages or liability of any kind arising from any use of the products contained on this CD ROM. Neither Factory Records Too nor The Boot Room, nor any of its partners, directors, officers, employees or agents (intelligent?) shall be liable for any damages, whether direct, indirect, consequential or incidental, arising out of the use of, or the inability to use, this CD ROM and the products it contains. If you or your computer crash it 'ain't me babe'."

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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)

The Durutti Column