8 Nov 2008
Now the party's over 
Cerysmatic reader Fausto reports on Tuesday night's launch of 1 Top Class Manager at One Central Street in Manchester:

"We traversed the Pennines and missed Jon Savage due to the arrival of the fog. Pressed on anyway to keep up with the button badge collection, in keeping with those times. Vinyl Exchange appeared to be doing brisk business with the excellent book and various Manchester luminaries, including various members of New Order, A Certain Ratio, The Durutti Column, Crispy Ambulance were in attendance to partake of cake and listen to Rob's favourite records and witness the home videos."

It was indeed a very good turnout with all the following in attendance: Crompton, Jon Dasilva, Tracey Donnelly, Alan Erasmus, Gillian Gilbert, Trevor Johnson, Bruce Mitchell, Stephen Morris, Martin Moscrop, Mike Pickering, Andy Robinson, Andy Signwriter, Mark Williams (Haçienda poster collector extraordinaire), Mick Middles etc.

Many thanks to Fausto.

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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)

The Durutti Column