10 Jan 2006
North West musical history on Michelle Around Midnight this Thursday 
This Thursday 12 January, Chris Hewitt, Trevor Hyett and Dr Seth Hague will be on Michelle Mullane's BBC GMR radio show, Michelle Around Midnight. They will be discussing political rock in the North West in the late 1970's, Rock Against Racism, Deeply Vale and how all this influenced later generations of North West bands. The selection of artists to be played should include Buzzcocks, John Cooper Clarke, The Fall, Ewan MacColl, Mike Harding, China Street, The Mock Turtles and Doves.

Thursday 12 January 2006
22:00 - 01:00 GMT
BBC GMR [95.1 / 104.6 FM]
or Listen Live via the web.


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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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