26 Apr 2007
MIF Don't Panic Competition 
FeedMeCoolShit.com reports on a new competition to design the Don't Panic poster as part of the PlayStation Season and the Manchester International Festival.

This is a chance to be part of the Festival and get your innovative and original work exhibited at a gallery space during the festival. You need to express the theme of Innovation in any way you wish in any format which can be printed, including: illustration, typography, graphics, photography, drawing.

The winning poster will be selected from the top 30 by Manchester City Council's Creative Director, Peter Saville.

More details including how to enter and vote on entries at www.dontpaniconline.com

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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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