31 May 2006
Factory Revival and Durutti Column competition winners 
Two Cerysmatic competitions for you crazy cats closed at 22:00 BST on Monday and here are the details of the winners (who have been notified by email).

The winners of the Factory Revival E.P. competition were Andrew Geraghty and Alan McLeod. Question one asked who has done a cover version of She's Lost Control and correct answers included Grace Jones, Agent Provocateur featuring Siobhan Fahey and Girls Against Boys. The answer to the other question, who sang backing vocals on 'Hallelujah' by Happy Mondays, was Kirsty MacColl (credited as "Vocal support from Kirsty MacColl").

The Factory Revival E.P. is out now and can be ordered online from Boomkat and Juno and other good retailers.

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Many thanks to Neil Landstrumm.


Tne winners of The Durutti Column live competition were Alan Payne and Steve Pope who correctly answered that Ben Roberts produced the last album 'Keep Breathing'.

The Durutti Column's 2006 tour continues this weekend with dates at the Norwich Arts Centre on Friday 2 June and the Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells on Saturday 3 June.

Many thanks to Phil Jones @ CMP Live.

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"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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