21 Jan 2007
Joy Division releases for 2007 
Joy Division Central reports on the extensive programme of releases of Joy Division material for the coming year including:

- remastered audio cds of Unknown Pleasures, Closer and Still;
- a reissue of Substance with a bonus dvd of 'Here Are The Young Men' (and expect the dvd to be released on its own too);
- a major Joy Division documentary by Grant Gee (famed for his films on Radiohead) with contributions from all major players; and
- another documentary (by Tom Atencio / Michael Shamberg) plus Plan K live footage on dvd

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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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