23 Jan 2009
Part Time Punks Factory Records Podcast 
The Part Time Punks Factory Records 4-hour special aired on 15 January 2009 by KXLU is now available to download as a podcast.

"Four hours of the music from Factory Records label you don't have to dance to. You'll also hear excerpts from Tony Wilson's book, interviews with band members & then-contemporary reviews & other sundry knowledge of the label, its bands, city & era. Not to mention some unreleased New Order & Joy Division tracks you won't hear anywhere else in the world (unless yer mates with Jon Savage). And even an excerpt from some of Ian's letters to Annik..."

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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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