9 Feb 2012
Radio - recorded transmission 
Listen to the Radcliffe and Maconie Show on BBC 6 Music on Friday 10 February (probably around 3pm) to hear Chris Hewitt give 6Music's Elizabeth Alker a tour of the Kenion St Music Building in Rochdale. This was home for many years to Cargo Studios, Tractor Music and Suite 16 Studios and which bore witness to many Factory and other bands' recording activities (most notably Joy Division).

The building is about to be revamped and open as a studio again after 11 years of being empty so this radio documentary is very well timed.

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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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