8 Aug 2007
Making Tracks to the Haç 
FAC 51 The Haçienda (or, at least, the site of it, now occupied by apartments) features as one of The Guardian's rock pilgrimage sites highlighted on Saturday by Andrew Smith.

As you might imagine, Tony Wilson is quite philosophical about the regeneration of 11-13 Whitworth Street West, Manchester: "In many ways, the music revolution started this regeneration. Before, no one lived in the cities and now everyone does. So the fact that the Haçienda is apartments now seems absolutely natural to me."

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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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