7 Dec 2008
They Are James 
James kick off their UK tour with a warm-up gig at the Proud Galleries in Camden tonight before proceedings properly start in Brighton on Tuesday. The tour finishes at Manchester Central (formerly G-Mex) on 19 and 20 December.


7 Proud Galleries, Camden, London
9 Brighton Dome, Brighton
11 Leeds Carling Academy, Leeds
12 Glasgow SECC Glasgow, Scotland
13 Birmingham NIA, Birmingham
15 Brixton Academy, London
16 Brixton Academy, London
19 Manchester Central, Manchester
20 Manchester Central, Manchester

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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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