27 Apr 2005
Postpunk panel - tonight @ 8.30, The Boogaloo 
Just a quick reminder that tonight is the postpunk panel chaired by Simon Reynolds and featuring a video screening afterwards. Unfortunately, Howard Devoto has had to drop out of the panel, but he has been replaced by Jon King of Gang of Four and will be joined on stage by Paul Morley, Gina Birch, Richard Boon and Simon himself.

Admission: Free
Doors open: 7pm
Event starts: 8:30

The Boogaloo
312 Archway Road
Highgate
London N6
Tube: Highgate (Northern Line)
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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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