13 Dec 2007
You're going home in a Crispy Ambulance 
A very healthy 100+ strong crowd saw an on-form Crispy Ambulance return to the live stage last Saturday "early evening" at Sub Space in Manchester (just under the railway and around the corner from The Ritz). Support act Triclops (not Morganstein as previously announced) turned in an engrossing electronica set about an hour earlier and won the prize for the Most Innovative Use of Ironing Boards in Popular Music. Full(er) review to follow. Traditional Cerysmatic shout-outs to David "David Nolan" Nolan, Sam, Alex Staszko, Cath Aubergine, Cath Berry, Rob and Lee (recovered yet?).

All the best to Crispy Ambulance when they continue the comeback at A Factory Night (Once Again) in Brussels this coming Saturday 15 December 2007.



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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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