28 Jan 2005
Who is the best Manchester band of all time? 
BBC 6Music's Music Week is running a Great Debate on who is the best Manchester band of all time. As they say, "it's the city that gave us The Buzzcocks, Joy Division, New Order, The Fall, The Smiths, The Stone Roses, Happy Mondays and Oasis – all bands guaranteed a place in any sane person’s list of the greatest bands of all time from anywhere. Just below them lurk the likes of Magazine, James, Electronic, Inspiral Carpets, Badly Drawn Boy and Doves, while extending the search parameters slightly would mean mentions for likes of The Verve and Elbow."

Of course, everyone has their own favourites and so you can nominate and vote for your favourite band and the results will be announced in due course.

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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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