23 Dec 2005
Blurt: new dates and new album in the New Year 
News from Tino Wylson on the Cerysmatic Factory Message Board:

Blurt are appearing live at The Boston Arms, Tufnell Park, London on 19 January at an Orchestra Pit event, Sax Addict. The bill also includes Terry Edwards and Lol Coxhill.

Blurt will also be appearing at The Freebutt in Brighton on 21 January 2006 and are currently putting together dates for a European tour in May.

The Best Of Blurt Volume Two: The Body That They Built to Fit The Car, is planned for release at the end of April 2006. Volume 1, The Fish Needs a Bike (released in 2003) will be available on PostEverything VERY soon.

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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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