6 Dec 2006
FAC 301 goodie bag 
Thanks to Ang for letting us in on what Factory employees were given on arrival at the FAC 301 International Congress:

- a blue plastic carrier bag with a Factory Records compliment slip stuck on it & each individual's name written on it in silver pen
- a World in Motion t-shirt
- a World in Motion hat
- a pen (rather disappointingly an ordinary biro from nearest shop and not some long lost rarity)
- a plain, white cotton napkin with the Factory label stitched on but not numbered

Other articles made for the event (replete with FAC numbers) were paper napkins and notepads.

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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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