9 May 2006
From Italian Love Party to Music For Media 
Andrew Harris was the keyboard player in Italian Love Party, the Factory Too band featured on the Factory Sample Too. He now lives in Cornwall and writes music for TV (check out www.musicformedia.co.uk or myspace.com/musicformedia). Andrew did the latest version of the title music for legendary BBC Television show A Question of Sport as well as the, erm, "highly influential" Boxing Babes for Men and Motors amongst other gems (there's a full list on the website).

Andrew says that he's going to try to get some of his own stuff up on MySpace soon. That's if he "ever finishes the ironing and the sun stays in"!

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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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