28 Jan 2005
Love From Manchester 
A reminder that 'Love From Manchester', the Tsunami Benefit show at the Manchester Apollo is this Sunday featuring Elbow (acoustic set), Badly Drawn Boy, The Durutti Column, Jah Wobble, Aziz, Carmel, I Am Kloot, Goldblade, Kathryn Williams, Longcut and Nine Black Alps. Also just added to the bill are Peter Hook and Phil Cunningham out of New Order. DJs include Andy Votel (Twisted Nerve), Graham Massey (808 State), Paddy Steer (Homelife).

LOVE FROM MANCHESTER
Sunday 30 January at the Carling Apollo Manchester
6.30 - Midnight
Tickets - minimum £15 donation available at Ticketmaster or by ringing 0870 401 8000 and should be available on the night.

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Peter Saville colour wheel
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