5 Mar 2005
Joy Division MOJO's cover stars for April 2005 
The new issue of MOJO magazine (April 2005, #137) has cover story "Ian Curtis 25 years gone... his life his death and their legacy" plus "New Order return" an all-new interview and retrospective of New Order.

There is also a free 'Beyond Punk!' cd which contains tracks by A Certain Ratio ('Choir'), Cabaret Voltaire ('Silent Command'), Death From Above 1979, Wire, The Fall and The Human League. It's similar in style and breadth to the 'In the beginning there was rhythm' collection which came out on Soul Jazz Records a few years ago.

Just to complete the Factory package there's an updated version of the advert for The Best of The Durutti Column which includes all their previously advertised spring/summer dates plus one at the 10 Days In May Festival in Glasgow (20-29 May 2005).

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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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