6 Apr 2006
The Haçienda Classics - the official website 
The promotional machine is in full swing for The Haçienda Classics, the new 3CD set compiled and mixed by Peter Hook and Phil Beckett. Not only is there a TV ad campaign but there's an official website too at www.thehaciendamustbebuilt.co.uk [where, amongst other things, you can check out the aforementioned ad if you can't see it on the telly].

The website isn't to be confused with www.thehaciendamustbebuilt.com which is the site through which you can still buy reprints of the great book FAC 351 The Haçienda Must Be Built.

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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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