27 Aug 2007
Happy Mondays in Salford Star First Birthday Issue 
The Salford Star 1st Birthday Summer Spectacular is out now. It's got 76 action packed, people powered, passion zapped pages of marauding voices from the clued up community and its culture kids. It took 3 months to make, it'll take 3 months to read!

The highlight for FAC fans is Pills n Thrills in Little Hulton in which Happy Mondays brothers Shaun and Paul, reveal all. Paul Ryder is interviewed by Nigel Pivaro, plus there's Shaun Ryder and Gaz interview with photos by Ian Tilton.

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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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