25 Mar 2009
Resolutely superficial 
24 Hour Party People has a welcome screening tonight on Film 4 and is described by Paul Howlett in the Guardian G2 as "... a drunken romp of a movie... the action staggering from primal punk days to the Hacienda raves. A funny, zippy, resolutely superficial tribute to those wild times."

24 Hour Party People (Michael Winterbottom, 2001)
Film 4 (Freeview ch 15, Sky ch 315, Virgin ch 444)
Wed 25 Mar 2009
23:00

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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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