4 Nov 2007
The JD Set presented by Peter Hook 
Peter Hook will be your host for the JD Set, a series of 24 intimate gigs across a number of UK venues, including four two-night events detailed below (which are also being covered by Channel 4).

8 November 2007 - Air Traffic, Lightspeed Champion, Friendly Fires
9 November 2007 - Vincent Vincent and the Villains, The Courtneers, The New York Fund

Spring & Airbrake
30 November 2007 - line-up tbc
1 December 2007 - line-up tbc

The Cluny
24-25 January 2007 - line-up tbc

Night and Day
21-22 February 2007 - line-up tbc

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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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