25 Mar 2008
Win official new FAC 51 The Haçienda T-Shirts 
For the first time, official T-Shirts to celebrate FAC 51 The Haçienda are now available to buy. These are high quality and limited edition and available in four designs.

To win a complete set of all four designs in the size of your choice, just answer this question:

"What were the four ingredients of a 'Zero Hour' cocktail, as served in the Gay Traitor Bar?"

Answers by email to Cerysmatic. Closing date is Friday 4 April and the lucky winner will be drawn from the hat.

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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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