14 Mar 2007
Factory Records: The Complete Graphic Radio Show 
An interview that Matthew Robertson did with Tim Ritchie on The Book Show on Australia's ABC National Radio all about FAC 461 Factory Records: The Complete Graphic Album will be broadcast tomorrow, Thursday 15 March 2007 at 23:00 GMT.

Those lucky enough to be in Australia can catch The Book Show at 10:00 AEDT on the following frequencies: 621 AM in Melbourne, 576 AM in Sydney and 90.1 FM on the Gold Coast.

Or listen online at abc.net.au. For those who miss it or want to listen again, the show should also appear later as a podcast at the same address.

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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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