13 Jul 2005
New order - it's (semi-)officially an Item 
The forthcoming New Order compilation and documentary double dvd set is set to be called 'Item' according to New Order Online. As previously announced, one disc will feature pretty much all the promo videos plus some added unseen and live extras. The highlight of the second disc will be NewOrderStory, the 2 hours plus documentary on the band from 1993.

Meanwhile the band's summer tour has been continuing with appearances at T in the Park (at which Doves also played) and the Irish festival Oxegen. Strong rumours of the New York and Hyde Park shows being released on dvd also persist.



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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."

- intro to ACR Biography by James Nice (LTM)

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