27 Dec 2008
Wilson's Treat 
In answer to a November posting on the Cerysmatic message board, the Manchester Evening News reports that "Town hall bosses in Manchester are already set to re-name Whitworth Street West after music legend Tony Wilson."

According to the Manchester AtoZ Street Atlas there are already 3 x Wilson Avenues; 2 x Wilson Roads; 14 x Wilson Streets; Wilson Crescent; Wilson Fold; Wilson Park; Wilson Brow and Wilson Terrace, all within the Greater Manchester conurbation.

Will Manchester City Council follow the lead of their neighbours in Oldham and reflect their fundamental misunderstanding of the 'Wilson Way'? Or will they choose to commemorate their numerous attempts to revoke the Haçienda's licence with 'Wilson! Avenue!'?

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"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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