9 Sep 2005
Confessions of an Art Director - Peter Saville in Grafik #132 
The latest issue of Grafik magazine (#132, Fashion Special) features a new interview with Peter Saville that concentrates on his time working for the fashion industry (Yohji Yamamoto, Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen, et al). Saville proclaims that he no longer "does" fashion or buys white Levi's jeans (they don't make 'em like they used to so he buys Helmut Lang's at 100 quid a pop). Speaking on his other day job as Creative Director for Manchester City Council he says "I don't really like sitting in a room full of councillors. For a couple of days each week it's interesting, but I certainly couldn't do it all the time."


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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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