25 Aug 2007
The Freaky Dancer and the Manchester Legend 
In an article entitled 'Madchester meets Dorchester' in the Manchester Evening News, Ian Wylie explains why Bez ("freaky dancer and Manchester legend") and journalist James Whitaker ("public school educated former royal correspondent") have teamed up to tour the Manchester's music hot spots. In return, James has enlightened Bez by taking him to Eltham Palace in London to learn about royal protocol and etiquette.

This is all for a new ITV1 series, 'Don't Call Me Stupid', the USP for which is to pair up celebrities with different interests and film them sharing their opponent's specialised subject, hobby or passion. The series begins on ITV1 on 4 September 2007.

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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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