7 Dec 2007
Defend and attack 
Cerysmatic never imagined there would ever be a FAC connection to the Spice Girls (well, unless you count Mel B once being in 'Burn It' - written by Matt Greenhalgh - with that bloke who played Bez in 24 Hour Party People) but Laura Barton has concocted one whilst citing the Spice comeback as her "Miss" of the year in The Guardian: "[on 'Headlines'] ... it was decided to let them coast along into a trundling sort of ballad, fuelled only a chugging drumbeat left over from 1996, and a semi-rap from Mel C that sounded dangerously like John Barnes's efforts in New Order's World in Motion."

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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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