16 Feb 2009
H top ten 
UK readers of freesheet Shortlist ("for men with more than one thing on their minds") were this week treated to Hooky's 10 essential biographies.

Alongside the obvious Touching From A Distance and 1 Top Class Manager are the less obvious Lemmy, Gary Barlow, Belushi and Tracy Emin biogs.

On Keith Allen's Grow Up: "In New Order's most hedonistic years, Keith terrorised London's Groucho Club with us....and Keith's book neatly sums up the whole scene."

On Alex James's Bit Of A Blur: "Alex, Keith Allen and I plagued The Groucho for years, but he seems to have left all of that out."

Perhaps that's what living in a house, a very big house in the country does for you.

No mention of Factory Boy favourites No One Here Gets Out Alive nor Monty, and no mention of, arguably, the best rock biog of them all: Julian Cope's Head On (in which, incidentally, the actual owner of the very big house in the country features heavily).

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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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