4 Feb 2005
New Order's Cash for Questions in Q Magazine 
As promised, the March 2005 issue (#224) contains Cash for Questions with New Order or "Dance rock's godfathers on getting electrocuted, helicopter gunships and why Nancy Dell'Olio should rap on a World In Motion remake..." as writer Ben Mitchell would have it. Questions include "Are you still drinking Pernod and Asti Spumante?", "Peter, how the fuck do you get that bass sound?" (Answer: "I'm not telling you. Fuck off."), "Stephen, you own several tanks. What's your favourite piece of military hardware?" (Answer: "the sighting system on the Apache Longbow helicopter") and "with hindsight, was changing your name to New Order a bit dodgy?" (Brief answer: "Yes").

Rob Hodges asks "Would you consider working with Factory boss Tony Wilson again? If so, on what terms?"

Bernard: "The problem that we had with Factory is that they didn't pay us the money."
Hooky: "Or account to us. We never knew how many records we sold. We still don't. No idea."
Bernard: "On a personal level and a creative level, they were great."
Hooky: "In Tony's defence, it's not like he fucked off with the money. If anyone knows who's got it, could they write in?"

Q Magazine
March 2005, issue #224
Available in all good newsagents and some rubbish ones too

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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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