16 Aug 2008
Expect the unexpected 
Orlando's, a new 70-capacity venue in Chorlton, hosts spoken word evenings with both Bez and Peter Hook in September.

Wednesday 17 September 2008
An Evening with Bez
25 GBP (with food), 22 GBP (without food)

Wednesday 24 September 2008
An Evening with Peter Hook
27 GBP (with food), 22 GBP (without food)

Orlando's Bar
Both events 7-10pm
ALL drinks extra


380 Barlow Moor Road
Manchester M21 8AZ
Tel: 0161 881 2230

With thanks to Robin for spotting.



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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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