30 Oct 2007
Radiating the Nation 
Big Arm's debut album 'Radiator' is out now via iTunes, HMV and the Big Arm Shop.

The album follows the singles 'Flashbacks' (23 July 2007) and 'Sunrays' (24 September 2007).

The full tracklisting is:

1. Flashbacks
2. In To You Now
3. Get Back
4. Ska 3000
5. Love Is
6. Electra Glide
7. Welcome
8. Sunrays
9. Sweet Soul Music
10. Flexin

Note: the official release date according to Big Arm's MySpace is this coming Monday 5 November but the album already seems to be available from HMV and the Big Arm Shop.


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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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