5 Nov 2007
Something for the weekend (Hacienda Hairdressers #1) 
Vidal hairdressers were no strangers to certain nights at The Hacienda, but regulars may recall one in particular: Nick Arrojo was a popular attendee and would occasionally turn DJ alongside Pickering and Sasha.

"It was 1987 and Manchester was transforming into 'Madchester'" and it was an exciting time" he recently told the Manchester Evening News (not available online). "I did the hair for the members of Happy Mondays and New Order - happy days!".

Moving Stateside, Nick now runs his own salon - Arrojo Studio - in New York's SoHo district and is resident hairdresser on TLC America's version of 'What Not To Wear'.

Arrojo Product - his new "easy to understand" hair stuff ("Defrizz Serum in eight words: eliminates frizz, controls fly-aways and eases excess volume") - is now available online and will be available in the UK through Space nk in January 2008.

"We're expanding our premises to create an Arrojo academy, Arrojo products store and a creative office. The design concept has been inspired by the Factory Records office in Manchester - functional, seminal and iconic".

Will the cerysmatic budget stretch to a 500 buck consultation with the man himself?

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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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