2 Aug 2005
Sounds of the Seventies on BBC Four this Friday 
From the BBC Four website: Smash It Up. Classic music from the BBC archive, featuring punk and post-punk artists from the seventies. Includes ground-breaking bands The Clash, The Buzzcocks, The Damned, The Stranglers, The Jam, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Undertones and Joy Division. Plus an appearance from Tony Wilson, boss of Manchester's Factory Records, and subject of 24 Hour Party People.

Friday 5 August
20:30 - 21:00 BST
30 minutes

This is doubtless a repeat, but well worth enjoying again nevertheless.

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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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