23 Nov 2005
FAC 104 and Madonna in The Guardian 
As reported last year and detailed previously in a Manchester Evening News article, there has been something of a resurgence in interest in Madonna's appearance at FAC 104 The Tube from FAC 51 The Haçienda.

With Madonna's new album just released, Tim de Lisle in today's Guardian has today re-invented that same article, and opts to tell the truth of what happened. Featuring new interviews with Martin Moscrop, Greg Wilson and Norman Cook (who was in the audience), it's in the G2 Section.

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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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