9 Aug 2005
A Certain Ratio live at the Big Chill 
A Certain Ratio received a really good response when they appeared on the Open Air Stage at The Big Chill, Eastnor Castle on Friday 5 August. Posting on the Big Chill Forum, Andrea said they were "incredibly good and groovy", remote said "Funk x 20" and Tony (no, not that one) rather succinctly said they were "good". Here is the setlist:

Do The Du
Wonder Y
Funky Guitar
Shack Up
Wild Party
Wanna Be
Si Fir Mi

Here's looking forward to Cargo and Moorfest.

Thanks to Martin.



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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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