29 Jul 2007
Record Peddlar Redux 
As regulars to the shop will recall, one of the many services to the community provided by the mighty Record Peddlar - the eighties Manchester vinyl collector shop responsible for a large proportion of the Factory Records back-office items available today - was that of alternative music videotek.

The shop amassed a formidable archive of material on the (relatively) new VHS format which was regularly shown during opening hours.

On researching for an - as yet unwritten - Scream City piece I spent some time on a certain website seeing if any of my own personal RP favourite vid selections were available.

As a summer holiday/rainy day treat, cerysmaticFactory presents the Record Peddlar Redux top twenty video show. Enjoy!

ACR - And Then Again (Celebration)

The Birthday Party - Junkyard (German TV)

Bowie & Bolan - Granada TV

Can - Paperhouse (German TV)

The Cramps - Garbageman (Video)

DAF - Der Mussolini (Live)

The Damned - Curtain Call (Live)

Duran Duran - The Chauffer (Video)

The Fall - Totally Wired (Live In America Therein)

Fun Boy 3 - Our Lips Are Sealed (The Tube?)

Japan - Swing (OGWT)

Joy Division - Transmission/She's Lost Control (Something Else)

Magazine - Motorcade (So It Goes)

PIL - Poptones (OGWT)

The Residents - The Act Of Being Polite (Video)

Section 25 - New Horizon (Video)

Siouxsie & The Banshees - Metal Postcard (OGWT)

Talking Heads - Crosseyed & Painless (Italian TV)

Stevie Wonder - Superstition (Sesame Street)

Frank Zappa - Montana (US TV)

Dedicated to Dave Booth

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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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