15 Mar 2007
Hooky + Pottsy = Money for Charity 
Adam Moss in the MEN reports that Monaco are reuniting for a gig in aid of Nordoff-Robbins on 21 March 2007.

The gig is the Hard Rock Café 'March on Stage' event in Manchester on Wednesday to raise cash for the music therapy charity.

When pressed on the likelihood of a permanent reformation Hooky quipped "Very unlikely, I thought I'd got rid of Pottsy and he thought he'd got rid of me but a one-off like this for Nordoff-Robbins is worth doing".

Pottsy added "We'll let you know if it was a good idea afterwards!"

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"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."

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