9 Oct 2007
Hero 
Tony Wilson posthumously won the Q magazine "Hero" award last night.

Hooky, presenting the award, said: "This is very difficult for me. He always said to me, when you want me I won't be there but when you need me I will be. I truly believe that".

Oliver and Isobel Wilson collected the award, saying: "We miss him and it's really nice to know other people do too."

Other Q award categories - either voted on by readers or 'decided by the magazine staff' - included: "Q Legend"; "Q Inspiration"; "Q Merit"; "Q Idol" and "Q Icon".

The "Q Lifetime Achievement" award was won by Electronic axe man Johnny Marr.

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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."

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