27 May 2005
Joy Division in Embrace's Home Entertainment 
It's Embrace's turn to submit to The Guardian's Home Entertainment section and lead singer Danny Macnamara takes the opportunity to explain the influence Joy Division had during his formative years: "There's a song called I Remember Nothing that I listened to about 40 times in a row when I was 17. The conviction in his voice took music to another level for me, and there was no sense of spectacle with Ian Curtis. Music can be a deeply serious thing if you've got what it takes to pull it off. Joy Division inspired a lot of goth bands that didn't have that fear; that look in their eyes that Ian Curtis had."



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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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