21 Mar 2008
Twice As Nice 
Today we're celebrating two milestones here at the Cerysmatic complex.

First off, it's the 10th anniversary of Cerysmatic Factory itself. Yes, TEN years of the wild and wonderful thing that is and continues to be Cerysmatic.

And just as important, it is Cerysmatic's own master of ceremonies John Cooper's birthday.

Those in the area might want to head over to South in MCR tonight (check the JCFX link at right) and join the festivities. Make sure to say hello & congrats to John and Moist.

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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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