21 Nov 2008
Regret: The Sagacity of Peter Hook 
Peter Hook's forthright honesty comes through loud and clear in a set of 5 video interviews for MagicRPM.com. (Conducted during the recent Peter Hook & Section 25 tour.) Titled 'Saga New Order', and running about 25 minutes in total, Hook touches on subjects as varied as the woulda shoulda coulda parameters of the recent New Order Rhino remasters, truly knowing your bandmates of 30 years, the best (& worst) New Order videos, Happy Mondays thwarted thieving, his problems with 1 Top Class Manager, and, er, David Hasselhoff.

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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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