8 May 2005
ACR live @ Les Subsistances, Lyon 
A Certain Ratio and James Chance and the Contortions played a special concert last night to celebrate the end of Nuits Sonores 2005 in Lyon. The splendid setting was Les Subsistances, the arts and cultural centre on the bank of the River Saone which had also played host to the Central Station Design exhibition during the previous month.

The lighting and particularly the sound were excellent both excellent given the cavernous setting in an indoor cobblestone courtyard. ACR played a good set (see full listing below) to a decent crowd which was enthusiastic despite most of them probably being unfamiliar with the material.

The full six-person line-up was employed: Jez Kerr (bass, vocals), Tony Quigley (sax, keyboards), Martin Moscrop (guitar), Donald Johnson (drums), Denise Johnson (vocals) and Liam (occasional effects and keyboards).

Highlights included a great 'Wonder Y' (which also marked Denise's appearance on stage), the house piano-tinged 'Won't Stop Loving You', 'Shack Up' (which got everyone dancing) and traditional encore 'Si Firmi' featuring everyone hitting or shaking something and, towards the end, a new backing tape which drew to a crescendo. And then the end.


Do the Do
And Then Again
Wonder Y
Turn Me On
Wild Party
Shack Up
Si Firmi

* - all spellings from Mr Moscrop's handwritten list

Transcript of ticket

Arty Farty presente:
Festival Nuits Sonores
Les Subsistances - 69001 Lyon
James Chance and The Contortions
A Certain Ratio
Concert Special / Subsistances
Samedi 7 Mai 2005
A partir de 21h30


Salut Christophe, Richard, Cedric, Violaine, Vincent, Cecile and the TLM video crew.

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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."

- intro to ACR Biography by James Nice (LTM)

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