23 Apr 2006
From Italian Love Party to Autopilot 
1995 - FAC 2.01 A Factory Sample Too is released by Factory Too and features tracks by K-Track, The Orch, East West Coast and Italian Love Party. Peter Hook later complains that never got paid for releasing the last of these bands.

2006 - Ben Evans and Graeme Brooker (ex-Italian Love Party), together with Jasper Wilkinson are recording together as Autopilot and are set to release 'Smokescreens' on a compilation album due out in the summer on Timbreland Recordings out of Manchester (also the home to Josephine Oniyama, the singer who once supported The Durutti Column). Check out a preview of this track and another called 'All In Our Hands' on their MySpace site at www.myspace.com/iamyourautopilot.

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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)

The Durutti Column