28 Aug 2007
Tony Wilson: A Tribute 
A half-hour tribute to Tony Wilson was broadcast in Granadaland on Monday night (27/08/07), one week after his funeral.

Written & Produced by Ged Clarke and narrated by Lucy Meacock, the program was based in part on the earlier Granada 24HPP documentary and the recent Granada tribute interviews, but with additional material from Richard Madeley and Judy Sullivan ("It seems like some sort of celestial mistake has been made"), Paul Ryder ("His boots are, like, size 40 million...who's gonna fill 'em?"), Oliver Wilson ("He was just never going to stop") and Bob Greaves ("He was The One. With a capital T and a big capital O").

The title music was, of course, 'Anthony' by Durutti Column.

The program has not been made available online, thus far. [Update: programme now available via itvlocal.com/granada]

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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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