12 Jan 2009
Pop Noir Do The Du with DoJo 
Back in the old days, Steve McGarry was a good mate of Donald Johnson and Rob Gretton's. He designed record sleeves for Slaughter & The Dogs as well as the sleeve for the Ideal for Living 12" by Joy Division. He moved to LA years ago and is now a pretty successful illustrator.

In the present day, Steve's sons have a band called Pop Noir and they've played a few times with Donald whenever he's been over in the States. Check out this video of them playing a great version of Do The Du in Steve's garage, recorded when Ratio played the Part-Time Punks festival in LA toward the end of last year.

With thanks to Rofey.

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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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