18 Mar 2006
Peter Saville on Manchester - the original modern city 
Peter Saville recently talked to mad.co.uk about his ongoing work to "brand" Manchester. In this brief extract he explains what constitutes "original and modern":

"My work for Manchester was to plot a direction for the brand - which to me was the serious approach. The Guardian for example, is an original and modern newspaper. Manchester United is the original and modern sporting club. It's a good way to describe things from Manchester that have distinguished themselves. The Trade Union movement started there. The first computer was developed there. There are many stories through which the values of originality and modernity are interwoven. There's the story of the music scene – and my own part in it with Factory and the Hacienda."

Reads the full article here.



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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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