10 Nov 2007
Out of control and under cover 
The MOJO 169 letters page (Theories, Rants, etc) contains a choice contribution on the subject of Anton Corbijn ("if his pictures had ever been in focus, I might have some respect for the man, and what scraps remained dissolved with your feature [MOJO 168].").

Meanwhile, in the MOJO Playlist, LCD Soundsystem's cover of Joy Division's No Love Lost (speedier... with extra 303 burble) is at #1. Find it on a limited edition US-import split single with an Arcade Fire cover of Serge Gainsbourg on the flipside.



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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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