26 Nov 2009
Paperweight on their shoulders 
Alongside the promotional poster and the "leaf" promo brooch (in gold and in silver editions), Factory Records really went to town when it issued the ultra-rare commemorative New Order True Faith paperweight bearing the Factory Records catalogue number FAC 183.

Thanks to Mike Stein for imagery.

Lest we forget: the Twelve Inches of New Order promo ruler, the Touched By The Hand of God promo footballs, the World in Motion T-shirts, shorts and caps, the Little Louie for New Order and, most grandly of all, the Power, Corruption & Lies anvil sculpture (to commemorate 500,000 sales of the album).

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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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