9 Mar 2008
Big Arm and Domino Bones headline National Battle of the Bands 
Bez will be at the Final of Stage Pass' National Battle of the Bands on 27 April 2008. His band Domino Bones will be a special guest for the evening along with Paul Ryder's Big Arm.

Tickets will be available from Jabez Clegg on 1 April 2008 @ 10.00 GBP each.

Battle of the Bands will be a all-day event broadcast and will be shown on Sky Channel 195 at a later date.

Judges include Owen Morris, Andy Rourke, Rowetta and David Nolan.

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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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