28 Jul 2009
There is a poster for FA 1 New Order / Ike Yard gig at the Ukrainian National Home, New York, 19 November 1981 which was filmed for the FACT 77 Taras Shevchenko video.

Until recently it was thought that the Factory America catalogue number didn't actually appear on anything physical. However, there was a poster which bears the "A FACT A FIRST" denotion. The poster design was a collaboration between Michael Shamberg and Ike Yard's Stuart Argabright. Stuart did the handwritten elements including the scrawled "NEW ORDER".

Many thanks to Mike Stein for his detective work and photography and to Stuart Argabright for shedding light on the history.

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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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