20 Jun 2008
Celebrate Originality 
Todays issue of the Manchester Evening News comes complete with a sixteen page 'special' on this weekend's 'The Tony Wilson Experience'. The special includes interviews with some of the participants (Peter Saville, Steve Coogan, Stephen Morris, Liam Spencer, Sue Woodward, Mark Radcliffe, Alan McGee, Kevin Cummins, John Robb, Matt Greenhalgh and Prof. Brian Cox) as well as tribute adverts from Manchester Council, SSR, The Haçienda, ITV Granada and City College Manchester.

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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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