28 Aug 2011
A Certain Ratio 33 1/3 live in MCR 
We've been taking something of a summer break so apologies for the radio silence round these parts. We'll be catching up on a few things we've missed so please bear with us if it's old news to some of you.

ACR celebrate their 33 and a third birthday with a special gig at the Band on the Wall in Manchester on Friday 11 November 2011. The band will perform 2 sets featuring 4 decades of their music plus there's Q&A session and very special guests joining them live on stage. Tickets priced 17.50 are on sale now from Band on the Wall.

Ahead of then, the band play Hoochie Coochie in Newcastle on Saturday 24 September. Tickets, also priced at 17.50 GBP, are available from Skiddle.

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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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