20 Sep 2005
Hooky on the Hacienda 
Peter Hook explains why he loves the Hacienda and DJing in general in an interview with the Manchester Evening News.

Meanwhile, New Order headline a special John Peel tribute gig at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on London's South Bank on 12 October. Also on the bill are The Fall and Super Furry Animals plus many others. However, there was very little advance notice of the gig and tickets have already sold out.

The next few weeks will be very busy for New Order. The new single 'Waiting for the Sirens' Call' is out in the UK this coming Monday and is swiftly followed by the retrospective dvd 'Item' and the compilation album 'Singles'. Not only that but 'Blue Monday' has also been reissued in the USA on 12" vinyl with a slightly-cheaper-than-original sleeve.

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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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