18 Jan 2005
The Durutti Column at The North Star, Shetland 
The venue for The Durutti Column's 16 February gig in Shetland to promote the launch of the F4 Records download deal is now The North Star, Lerwick in place of the Methodist Church as previously announced.

Doors: 7.30

Box Office: 01595 697550

By a strange coincidence, Silent Partners, whose News of the World tour kicks off this Saturday 22 January in Oldham, also play the North Star just 4 days earlier on 12 February.

Box Office: 01595 696643



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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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