1 Jun 2005
New Happy Mondays discography site now online 
Several years after Factory Records Limited first said: "and by the way, the one thing really missing from the e-world is a site devoted to one of the finest bands in the history of rock and roll and or civilisation - the Happy Mondays. It will be tough for us to get it together but if some nerd who did too much e is out there, a geek who knows that 'Kinky Afro' is the finest musing on parenthood since Yeats's 'Prayer for my Daughter', and he wants to put a little baggy (no longer an insult but a reference to the rolling rhythms created when mid 80's Detroit met Little Hulton) HTML up there, Factory will give support and content, endlessly. The web's wonderful except no Mondays. Please help and we'll help you." - the wait is over. Check out Sebfact's brand new A Happy Mondays Discography which has just launched. It features the complete works broken down by albums, singles, videos, compilations, soundtracks and mixes. Nice one. Top. Sorted.

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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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