6 May 2005
Playing Hooky @ Return to New York, Toronto 
Mike Doherty talks to Peter Hook for www.eye.net just ahead of Return to New York tonight in Toronto:

"I like the edginess of it," he says of DJing, "that sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. Reading the crowd -- sometimes it's very, very lonely up there because you've not got your guitar to hide behind. Fucking hell, it does get a bit traumatic."

Read the full article here.

Friday 6 May
Return to New York
The Mod Club Theatre
722 College
Toronto

Hooky also talks extensively about his bass playing in the current issue of the imaginatively titled Bass Player magazine (the one with the scary-looking airbrushed cover).

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Thanks to Paul and C.

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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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