23 Jul 2007
Saturday 28 July is the second and final day that the Yamamoto/Adidas FAC51-Y3 trainers - Designed by Saville/Kelly/Hook and housed in a Hacienda dancefloor-shaped box - will be 'available' to the general public.

Of the 250 limited edition £345.00 trainers, 16 were snapped up at the new Aspecto store in the Manchester Triangle on 21 July - with several punters, apparently, queuing overnight for the privilege. Aspecto are expecting a further 16 pairs to be on sale on the 28th.

"These shoes are a realisation of a memory shared by many of their passage through a place in a moment in time" - Peter Saville.

"For more information you'd better get yourself down there sharpish" - Aspecto Website.

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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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