18 Sep 2013
The flipside of Cerysmatic 
Cerysmatic is off on holiday but Paul Pledger who you may know from the excellent Flipside Reviews is going to mind the shop for a while. Paul is a long-time associate of ours and has contributed in the past, most recently on the Wim Mertens discography. He also wrote some of the band profiles for the Factory Records Catalogue.

Over to you Paul.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Enjoy your holiday! (Iain Key)

21/09/2013, 22:45

 

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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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