22 Feb 2009
Philharmonic Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 
From the Wirral Globe:

"ORCHESTRAL Manoeuvres In The Dark will share the stage with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra later this year.

"The group's Wirral-born founding members Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys will perform their greatest hits and their music and video installation, The Energy Suite, during the show at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall on Saturday, June 20. Conducting the orchestra will be Clark Rundell.

"Looking ahead to the show, Andy told the Globe: “It's a big screen with a 75-piece orchestra and a wonderful opportunity to perform at the Philharmonic Hall.

"Playing with the Liverpool Phil is something that is so far removed from where we started out and it’s a terribly exciting prospect."

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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."

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