1 Mar 2005
The Young Offenders Institute on F4 Records 
The third act (coming after RAW-T and The Durutti Column, the latter having a download-only deal) on F4 Records, the fourth incarnation of Factory Records, are The Young Offenders Institute. The F4 site has more details:

"The Young Offenders Institute are from the grim North Manchester suburb of Collyhurst, and they're every inch a Manchester band. They're putting the working class rebellion back into rock 'n' roll music – and with it, the hunger, the wit, the raps and the melodies.

"Flying in the face of conventional music wisdom (not for the first or last time), they played their first ever gig at a packed Cellar Vie during the In The City industry convention in September 2004. The entire music industry was there. Most of them walked out in disgust after two songs. Those who stayed behind witnessed a seminal moment in rock 'n' roll history. With more gigs under their belts and with the 'Owen Morris Sessions' recorded The Young Offenders Institute are ready to take over the world or at least their local HMP."

Sounds promising. The official Young Offenders Institute website is at www.youngoffendersinstitute.com

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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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