7 Oct 2006
And there it was....gone! 
Anybody hoping to be entertained by the 'Manchester Original Modern' street campaign whilst xmas shopping will be in for a disappointment. Most of it has already been taken down after just three weeks.

The 'Manchester welcomes the Labour Party' posters were replaced by 'Manchester Food & Drink' straight after the conference, the Albert Square displays went a few days ago - as did the 'Be Original, Be Modern' lightshow - and the Moss Side 'Manchester' signage has been replaced by 'In The City' banners.

The most 'spectacular' act must be the 'Original Modern' lamppost pennants, which have been replaced by....Christmas trees.

Manchester City Council Tax starts at GBP 799.50 per annum for band A properties and runs through to GBP 2398.50 per annum for band H properties. Students are exempt.



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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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