15 May 2006
Your Durutti Column diary for the week ahead 
The Durutti Column will be featured performing 3 live tracks, including one previously unheard on John Kennedy's Xfm show in London and Manchester tomorrow 16 May from 10pm. It will be broadcast in Scotland at a later date.

They play London Dingwalls on Wednesday 17 May in support of new LP 'Keep Breathing' out now on Artful and will then continue touring the UK and Europe.

The band are currently making a dvd for future release. The concert at the Rescue Rooms in Nottingham this Thursday 18 May will be recorded for inclusion in the dvd.

Then, rounding off a busy week quite nicely, Vini Reilly will perform solo guitar on Stuart Maconie's, the Freak Zone on 6 Music next Sunday 21 May.

And if all that wasn't enough, the Durutti Column Sub-Group Newsletter has been published and is on the streets. Honest! It includes plenty of cool stuff including Phil's Sonar Diary and a Q&A with Vini Reilly.

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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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