4 Feb 2012
Thirty One 
'Thirty One' is a compilation of Manchester-made music which is released on Factory Foundation Records 13 February 2012 featuring rare and exclusive songs by Elbow, Everything Everything, Delphic, Jez Kerr, The Whip, I Am Kloot, D/R/U/G/S, Murkage, Bad Lieutenant, Mr Scruff, Lonelady, and Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds.

Curated and compiled by DJ/writer Dave Haslam and with art direction by Peter Saville all proceeds from the sale of downloads, CD's and limited edition vinyl will go to CALM (the Campaign Against Living Miserably).

Suicide is the single biggest killer of men under the age of 35 in the UK and CALM is a registered UK charity which aims to reduce this and provide support for those suffering from mental illness or depression. Currently the CALM helpline is open 5pm-midnight on Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, every week of the year, but, with by donating £7 from every £10 album sold, it is hoped that it can be opened nationwide all 7 nights a week, every day of the year.

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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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