24 Jul 2007
Unity Gain 
Tickets are still available for Wednesday (July 25th) night's discussion of genius producer Martin Hannett and his association with Factory Records.

Hosted by "Hannett's friend and former Durutti Column singer" (and regular cerysmaticFactory contributor) Colin Sharp and featuring Martin Moscrop, MickMiddles and CP Lee, the event marks the launch of Colin's book "Who KilledMartin Hannett?".

Colin describes his book as "a faux-detective thing, a little bit tongue in cheek" in today's Metro freesheet (Five QuestionsFor...Colin Sharp).

The discussion will be held in the foyer of Urbis, after which singer-turned-author-turns-dj and spins some Hannett classics in the Urbis Social bar.

The great man's 'Fernando' at full blast please!

Ticket details on the Urbis 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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