18 Jan 2005
Factory Records on the radio 
There are two radio features on Factory Records in the coming two weeks:

First up, Marc Riley's new show 'Mint' ("Mint takes a gung-ho step into the world of collectable records and pop memorabillia") on BBC 6Music has a item on Factory Records this coming Sunday 23 January at 10pm.

Then, just a few days later on Friday 28 January at 7pm on BBC Radio Shropshire there's a Factory Records history on The Record Collectors show. Also featured will be an interview with Silent Partners.

Thanks to AJ and JK.



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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."

- intro to ACR Biography by James Nice (LTM)

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