12 Oct 2006
The Durutti Column on MySpace 
Check out the new official MySpace site for The Durutti Column which announces the following details about the Japanese 'Keep Breathing' bonus dvd:

"The band were filmed at a recent session for Xfm Manchester the day after having all their gear stolen from Bruce's truck! Luckily they were able to improvise (Bruce and Brosci are featured taping bits of drum-kits together) and recorded 'Sealine Woman', 'Requiem for Mother' and new song, 'If You Were Me', a collaboration with Vini's cousin Helen Farley-Jones, who performs vocals on the track."

This new site is billed as "the official Durutti Column site" but not sure what that means for the future of thedurutticolumn.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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