1 Feb 2006
Peter Saville talks Manchester on 'You and Yours' 
Peter Saville was a special guest on BBC Radio 4's You and Yours programme this lunchtime where he talked about Manchester's corporate image in his capacity as Creative Director to the City Council. He starts off by explaining why the city's new slogan is no slogan at all:

"I think I've taken it more seriously than that. We don't believe advertising in the way we used to believe advertising. We don't believe slogans. If I see something that has to make such a claim for itself, then plainly it's not really achieved it. And also we're not talking about hair shampoo or breakfast cereal. I mean cities and communities are much more complex than that."

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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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