30 Jul 2007
Putting the Inde in Indesit 
Lee Gale in Saturday's Grauniad Guide discusses New Order's considerable volte-face in allowing their music to be used in television advertising.

This'll be the same New Order who turned down $40,000 from Heinz in the early nineties for the use of their world cup theme tune 'Eating For England (En-ger-land!)' in a ketchup ad!

Presumably 'Blue Monday' (Mars and Sunkist) and 'Hey Now' (Indesit washing machines) will be more lucrative now than 'World In Motion' would have been fifteen years ago?

No wonder they're now arguing over who-left-whom and, therefore, who-owns-what!?!
Suggestions for future Indesit soundtracks include 'Round & Round', 'Vanish (ing Point)' and '(Whites) Ruined in a Day'.

Thanks Neil.



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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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