24 Mar 2005
liittleBIGMAN records presents The Panics 
littleBIGMAN Records, a label put together by Happy Mondays drummer Gaz Whelan and Pete Carroll, the man behind Shaun Ryder's Amateur Night In The Big Top album are finalising the new album by Australian band The Panics.

The Panics were in Manchester late last year to play at "In the City" and they also supported Happy Mondays at Clapham Common. Shaun Ryder, who is a big fan of the band, interviewed them when he presented a radio program on BBC 6Music. He also got the Panics to play 3 songs live to air. The band's new, as-yet-untitled album will be available sometime in August.

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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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