28 Sep 2006
The Virgo Mechanically Replayed 
I'll stick me neck out.

Jon Da Silva was not only the best Manchester/Hacienda DJ back in the day, but also produced the best dance music to come out of the city. I know this because a) I have had the pleasure of working with him in the studio and b) I have seen people levitate during one of his dj sets.

Well now he's got a band!

What's more, they'll be supporting New Order on their Autumn UK tour!

TVMR play Newcastle Academy on October 11 and Chips With Everything on November 10.

'The Gun EP' by Hallelujah was one of Rob's Records (12ROB16).
'Push Push' by Original Rockers was remixed for Cake.
'Big (Baka)' by New Fast Automatic Daffodils was remixed for Playtime.
I'm not sure if any of these are available anywhere, but they are certainly worth hunting down.

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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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