26 Nov 2005
Beautiful and Unsettling - Word's 20 Best (and Worst) record covers in history 
The December 2005 edition of Word magazine has an entirely subjective listing of the 20 Best and Worst record covers in history. Included in the best are FACT 10 Unknown Pleasures by Joy Division (designed by Peter Saville) and Black Grape's It's Great When You're Straight... Yeah! (designed by Central Station Design).

... and in the worst is Waiting For The Sirens' Call by New Order (designed by Peter Saville) [Word comments: "Shall I buy this?" "No". The original sleeve (featuring yachts) was binned after the Tsunami but that doesn't excuse this wretched will-this-do stopgap]

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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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