12 Apr 2005
New post-Hopper musical activity 
Hopper fans will be interested to know of the new musical ventures of two of the ex-members:

Rachel Ratajski (formerly Morris) recently did a couple of songs live at a club night called Slappers at a small London venue called Ciz Biz. This performance comprised Rachel on vocals with solo piano accompaniment.

Paul Shepherd, who used to play guitar in Hopper, now plays in a new band called The Sound Junkies who are based in Tonypandy, Wales. The band is a four-piece formed in 2002 and comprising Paul Shepherd (guitar), Greg (the bass guitar), Blare (the drums) and Rob (vocals). A single 'In Audio We Trust' was released on 19 November 2004. They play the Telegraph in Brixton on 8 May.

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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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