7 Dec 2007
The Blue Monday of the Pie World 
Martin Dewey, founder of Square Pie, explains to Guardian Food why their seasonal Christmas Pie owes a debt to Factory Records. He says "We've being making this pie every December since 2002 and it's a customer favourite. It does take fair bit of time and works out our most expensive pie. We like to think of it as the New Order Blue Monday 12-inch of the pie world: doesn't make any money, but puts a smile on a lot of faces."

In the interests of rigorous investigative journalism, Cerysmatic has sampled one of said pies and can indeed verify their excellence!

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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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