10 Jun 2005
Quando Quango downloads now available 
It is now possible to buy Quando Quango tracks directly as downloads. For starters there's LTMCD 2360 'Pigs and Battleships', the original Factory album plus extra tracks issued by LTM in 2003. The classic 1985 single 'Genius' (Fac 137), produced by Mark Kamins, is also available. Both are available from Artistdirect. Alternatively you might like to search on MSN Music which also offers the two Quando tracks from LTMCD 2377 'Cool As Ice: The BE Music Productions' (Atom Rock and Love Tempo).

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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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