18 Oct 2006
No sell-out - In The City 2006 
"This year's In The City direct mail invitation, which is being sent out to the music industry later this month, is in the form of seven-inch single. This may come as a surprise to the many who are aware of In The City's loud and proud championing of digital music since the mid-nineties when sister convention Interactive City was launched. However, fear not; this is no sell-out - the single-sided, collector's item features... the sound of a song being downloaded! If you haven't received your copy of the seven-inch single yet please let us know and we'll get one out to you right away." - AHW's explanation to delegates for this year's odd invitation format choice.

"Our slogan for 2006, and the name of our downloadable soundtrack this year is: "Sounds Good to Me," which is borrowed from my beloved Shaun Ryder. It's perfect because that's exactly how a lot of the music today makes us feel, and it's our job is to reflect our business and help, in whatever way we can, to take it forward." - AHW on the slogan that is a slogan.

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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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