4 Sep 2007
Nolan: Mr Confusion 
Saturday 1 September 2007 saw the Stockport launch of 'Confusion', David Nolan's officially unofficial biog of Bernard Barney Albrecht Sumner.

Among those in attendance at The Bull's Head pub were ex-Haçienda Ang Matthews, ex-Factory Tracey Donnelly, ex-Warsaw Terry Mason, ex-Crispy Ambulance Alan Hempsall and ex-Swing (the Haçienda hairdresser) family member Cath Berry.

Many thanks to three-piece (!) Joy Division-alikes 'Transmission' for the noises, David Nolan for the excerpts and Terry for the commentary.

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"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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