19 Feb 2005
Tony Wilson interview in the NME 
There's a highly informative and amusing interview with Tony Wilson in the NME of 12 February. He explains how 30 grand is enough to break a band (10 for recording, 10 for marketing and 10 for manufacturing) and that if you spend 300 grand on a Space Monkeys video directed by David LaChappelle it's gonna end in tears whereas both RAW-T vids cost 800 quid. Tony also elaborates on his 13-year-cycle theory and why it didn't quite deliver in 2002. Oh, and yes, he has a dog too.

Thanks to OMNY.

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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."

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