31 Oct 2008
We are all Salfordians now 
First, the revelation that most Manchester music didn't originate in Manchester at all - it was copied from our Liverpudlian neighbours.

Now it would seem that most Mancunians didn't originate in Manchester at all - they are actually from our neighbour, Salford.


All is explained as Manchester-from-Salford's very own ex-soap star Terry Duckworth follows David Nolan's Salford Music Map in this week's edition of BBC Inside Out North West (available to UK residents only for a limited time period).

Coming soon: the independent state of Chorltonia! If only...


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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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