29 May 2005
The Man Who Heard The Future 
Visionary producer Martin Hannett is remembered by New Order (Stephen Morris and Peter Hook) and AHW in a detailed four-page article in the latest issue of Record Collector by Hardeep Phull. In this extract Hooky looks back on Martin's life and times: "He was a genius in the way he treated things. He showed us a different way of doing things which was ultimately more rewarding. The unfortunate thing about Martin's death was that he had been clean for a few years before hand, but he'd already damaged his heart. He actually died moving house. So there hangs a moral for us all: don't move house."

Record Collector
June 2005
Issue 311
3.50 GBP

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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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