16 Sep 2009
Colin Sharp 
We are sad to announce the death, following a short illness and a brain haemorrhage, of Colin Sharp, former singer with the early incarnation of The Durutti Column and author of the excellent Who Killed Martin Hannett? The Story of Factory Records' Musical Magician.

Colin was a regular contributor to the Cerysmatic Factory Message Board both in his own name and under various aliases including the much-loved Vera and Edna as in this choice exchange:

edna [ 2nd Feb 2006: 21:58 ] "Peter Saville has never worn a pair of trainers in his life! And I should know chuckie. Edna"

vera [ 14th Feb 2006: 17:36 ] "I saw our Pete in a pair of Reeboks a few years back. Right fetching he looked to. Vera"

Our thoughts are with Colin's family at this difficult time.

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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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