30 Jan 2007
Haçienda exhibition at Urbis 
Urbis is planning a major Haçienda exhibition to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the club's launch and to coincide with the Manchester International Festival.

They are putting out a call for all things Haç and are interested in the whereabouts of fittings such as the old bar, furniture, girders and even the toilets!

Also, if you have any personal ephemera from the Haçienda such as flyers, posters, tickets, etc, then they would like to hear from you.

You can email Urbis via this special Haç email address: hacienda@urbis.org.uk

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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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