25 Aug 2008
Ikonand (then) again 
Cerysmatic readers unfortunate enough to miss out on the Summer edition of free London art and music magazine Art&Music, previously mentioned here and featuring Jamie Holman's superb piece detailing Ikon's contribution to the recent Joy Division documentary, fear not!

Jamie has generously agreed to his article being preserved for posterity on Cerysmatic itself.

From the End to the Beginning: The Joy Division Films features interviews with both Malcolm Whitehead and Jon Savage and is illustrated with previously unpublished stills from the actual vintage out-take footage used in the documentary.

Many thanks to all concerned.

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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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