28 Jan 2005
The Guardian's Factory double whammy 
Today's Guardian Friday Review section features an editorial piece by John Harris on Bez, Shaun and how great Happy Mondays were. He says that Bez's recent Celebrity Big Brother win reminds him that the Mondays were possibly the best band ever and that Shaun is up there with Dylan.

There is also another one of those stories seen in other publications on "the Next Big Things that weren't". The Guardian's features Northside (and World of Twist, Birdland, et al) and has a quick interview with Dermo who gives the current Silent Partners tour a good plug.

Thanks to AJ.

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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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