14 Mar 2009
Mind Made Up in Downloadsville 
'Mind Made Up' by A Certain Ratio is finally available to download via the official website of Le Son du Maquis, the French label on which it was released last year.

The download is priced 10 Euro and it's also available to buy on CD for 12 Euro.

Le Son du Maquis says "Mind Made Up offers a mixture of pop and funk supported by the groovy and warm-hearted rhythmics of the drummer and the almost epileptic nervous guitar of Martin Moscrop. 12 funk songs promised to a bright future."

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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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