13 Sep 2007
Mondays for Manchester Central 
The MEN has a new interview (by Sarah Walters) with Shaun and Gaz from Happy Mondays. Shaun reveals what it was like living in Ireland with next door neighbour Oliver Reed.

Happy Mondays play Manchester Central on Friday 14 December 2007. The Twang, The Sunshine Underground support. Clint Boon DJs. Tickets are GBP 28.50 and are on sale on Friday 14 September 2007. Call the Box Office on 0870 060 1768 to book or click here.

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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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