13 Sep 2006
KOOKY10 - advance booking recommended 
A message from Phil Cleaver about the forthcoming special show at The Soundhaus in Northampton to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Kooky Records:

"It is possible that the capacity will only be 200 for the show... Please, if you are thinking of coming - book tickets to ensure you get in. OK, I would say that but it will be at least 2-3 quid cheaper than your average Durutti Show and there will be a free CD - plus Vin will be doing a solo show - don't forget Gnac and The Retro Spankees too..."

So, a strong recommendation to get advance tickets. These are available from the Soundhaus ticket office (the Underground) on 01604 604020. www.soundhaus.com

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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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