22 Aug 2007
Psychedelic gangster lyricism 
Former Creation Records boss Alan McGee pays respect, nay homage, to Happy Mondays in the Guardian's music blog today.

"On Monday, the congregation at Tony Wilson's funeral was rocked by the sounds of Bob's Your Uncle by the Happy Mondays, one of two utterly iconic bands (the other being Joy Division) he signed to Factory Records. This year the Mondays reformed and have just released a new record. Their story is a vindication for every northern hooligan rock band out there. Put it this way: they have been alive, releasing and recording for 20 years of hardcore pharmaceutical abuse..."

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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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