24 Aug 2013
Not working 
John Dowie's new website is up and running at johndowie.com and here's the rather excellent intro:

"Not working. Not writing. Not performing. Not Twittering. Not on Facebook. Not on Radio. Not on TV. Not doing game shows, chat shows, list shows, grumpy-old whatever shows. Not doing quiz shows. Not doing adverts. Not doing voice-overs for insurance companies / banks / supermarkets / dodgy yogurts. Not going to Edinburgh. Not competing for prizes, awards or anyone's attention. Not pontificating in newspapers. Not pontificating on Pontiffs. Not banging on about my religion or lack of it. Not listening to music on leaky headphones. Not chewing gum with my mouth open. Not walking about clutching cardboard cup of coffee. Not walking about eating. Not walking about with my top off displaying ugly tattoos / piercing / nipples. Not using the word Issue when I mean Problem. Not using the word Fantastic when I mean Good. Not yammering on a mobile phone for two hours between Norwich and London while sitting in the Quiet Zone. Not in a relationship. Not bothered. Not worried. Not getting any younger. Not living in the real world. Hopeful."

John Dowie's An Arc of Hives retrospective is still available via LTM.

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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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