11 May 2005
New single by Opium 
Opium's new single 'One Last Kiss' was released on 5 May 2005 on a CD single with 4 different mixes. Opium is Katrina Docherty on vocals and Alexander Macpherson writing the music. Alex (or Mac to his friends) used to be in Factory band The Wake.

After leaving The Wake in 1984 he signed to Jive Records with The Cat Club; then Opium were formed in 1995 as Alex's "vehicle for free expression; without record company. 'One Last Kiss' is the latest single. It was preceded last year by 'Atlantean' which was originally released in 1995.

Both CDs are being sold on eBay. Check the user ID 'opium23'. They are also available by contacting neuropa @ talk21.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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