24 Sep 2006
A man, for some reason, known as moist 
Hello everybody. I'll be posting news for the next couple of weeks whilst John and Amy jet off to the deep south. I won't be doing any of the html stuff over that side of the site----->
but I will be responsible for the blog and the moderation (though I prefer the term 'extremity') of the message board, so keep the discussions flowing. If anybody has any interesting news, please use the contact form which is being redirected to my e-mither account.
I'm intending revisiting a few old Factory ghosts during my tenure as editor to see what they are up to nowadays, but first up will be a few words about the low jinx at yesterday's Cohesion festival.


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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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