6 Feb 2008
10 Year Cerysmatic Factory Party People 
On Friday 21 March, at South in Manchester, come and celebrate 10 years of Cerysmatic Factory. Yes, it's the Cerysmatic Factory 10th Birthday Party! Dave Haslam (XFM) and DJ Shred from NYC are your DJs for this very special night on Another Planet. Contact me for £3 guest list entry up until 20 March.

Looking back, the site has changed in so many ways over the years...

- there have been 4 major designs (the first one was pretty crap to be honest!)
- the blog started in 2003 and there have been 1703 posts (including this one)
- cerysmaticfactory.info was born as a domain in 2004
- the news feed started in 2004 and since 2006 has been enhanced by FeedBurner
- the Message Board started in 2004 and before that there was the Guestbook (RIP)
- the front page and other pages were enhanced by del.icio.us in 2006
- the current design launched on 24 January 2008, the 30th Anniversary of Factory itself

The site's gone from strength to strength from the dim dark days of the late nineties (as evidenced by many webstats I could bore you with) but throughout it has been the support of you, the readers and contributors, which has made it what it is. Cheers to everyone and extra special thanks to OMNY and moist. Without whom, etc...


Cerysmatic Factory
10th Birthday Party
Friday 21 March 2008
10pm - Late

Dave Haslam (XFM)
DJ Shred (NYC)

4a South King Street
M2 6DQ

£5 / £4 / Contact Cerysmatic for £3 guestlist entry




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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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