7 Oct 2008
Radio Activity 
Following up on last week's "Nearly New Order" series of interviews (Day 1: Bernard Sumner, Day 2: Stephen Morris & Gillian Gilbert, Day 3: Peter Hook) that aired on Mark Radcliffe & Stuart Maconie's BBC 2 radio show, what did we learn?

Bernard Sumner & Stephen Morris's post-New Order "Bad Lieutenant" (or perhaps "The Unknown") project continues apace with Sumner currently writing lyrics.

Stephen Morris is selling his tank.

Peter Hook is on the 2nd draft of his forthcoming (Spring 2009) history of the Ha├žienda book. (Co-written with Ang Matthews.)

Peter Hook's long-awaited Freebass project (with Mani [Stone Roses/Primal Scream] and Andy Rourke [The Smiths]) continues to slowly evolve amidst recording & mixing (in between Hook's DJing gigs), with Hook previewing an excerpt of a work-in-progress Tim Burgess (The Charlatans) lead vocal track, and stating that Gary Briggs from MCR's Haven is now handling (many of?, some of?, a few of?) the Freebass vocals.

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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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