3 Jul 2008
Urban Splash have published a basic PDF factsheet outlining plans for their Ben Kelly-designed apartment/office/retail/leisure development Stubbs Mill.

Ben Kelly himself has remarked on the likeness of the roof to the original Factory logo (didn't the original idea for 1 Charles Street involve adding such a roof and a chimney to the original structure in order to physically realise the corporate branding? Imagine...).

Given the current state of the 'market' in Manchester "flats for tw@ts" (see 17th February 2008) one wonders if this development will see the light of day.

Fac 101 (1984) anybody?



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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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