30 Sep 2006
Steel sink in colour negative 
Brian Nicholson was so closely related to the revolutionary groundbreaking Factory video wing IKON that his own work was released under the title 'Show me what you look like' (IKON21).
I re-met Brian a couple of years ago when he hosted two brilliant evenings in Blackburn devoted to IKONography of Joy Division and the early years of the Hacienda. It was, and still is, my intention to bring his show back to Manchester where it belongs (strong but subtle hint).
Like a number of his Factory/Hac contemporaries, Brian is feeding his knowledge back into the next generations as a senior lecturer in digital media at Blackburn College.
In his spare time, however, Brian has set up a record label:
"The label is called Onsong, it was the brainchild of Jamie Holman (tompaulin, Sister Vanilla, The Fischers) and myself. The label has full distribution through Forte. We have used Joe Fossard as Portugese correspondent and producer/engineer at his Bleak House Studios in Blackburn.
We're releasing the first album on Oct 16 "The Fall and Rise of Vinny Peculiar" (College002). Its got Mike Joyce (ex-Smiths), Craig Gannon (ex-Aztec Camera, ex-Smiths) and Ben Knott (ex-Happy Mondays) on it.
The next album should be by the band Maupa (who I've got to say are simply stunning)"

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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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