4 Aug 2009
After FAC 47 
Cerysmatic was intrigued last week to receive a small jiffy bag containing a small silver badge and a business card saying "(Almost) a Factory Records product. The badge is based on the FAC 47 anvil (first used on FACT 45 Always Now) logo.

But, hang on, I hear you say there WAS no FAC 47 badge. Quite right. Hence the "Almost" designation. This is in fact a limited edition of 47 badges created as an affectionate tribute. Some of you may have been lucky enough to buy one on eBay recently.

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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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