5 Jul 2006
From deep in the heart of Cottonopolis 
Matt Carroll (of album cover design outfit Central Station Design - the Manchester cowboys responsible for internationally acclaimed art work for a plethora of famous bands, including Happy Mondays and Black Grape) has twisted his talents onto designing a range of children's clothing...

From deep in the heart of Cottonopolis, Carroll has produced 'Hank and Dollys' - distinctive Utility Ranch and Rodeo inspired creations (with a Rock 'n' Roll twist) for babies, boys and girls.

His stuff is already being modelled by Manchester's finest kids - fill yer toe tappin boots at www.hankanddollys.com



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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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