11 May 2017
Getting the band back together 
OK, where were we before we were so rudely interrupted?

We are back and we have a new home - cerysmatic.factoryrecords.org - which should be familiar to you as the home of the Factory Records Catalogue. However, rest assured that the sites will remain separate although they share the same domain name and hosting.

One mega-site might've been possible to construct but it would have been a nightmare to navigate and maintain. But please do check out our sister site because lots of new work has been completed in recent months and there will be plenty more.

There'll be improvements around these parts too and a few have already happened in the background. It'll be a little bit longer (you mean a lot longer, Ed.) before Scream City fanzine makes a return. However, some work was done quite a while now on what might've eventually become Scream City 6 and some of that may see the light here instead.

I hope the site is all in good working order but if you spot anything awry please let me know. As ever, thank you for your continued forbearance.

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Blogger David Gerard said...

I was wondering what was up! And why I got a zillion posts from 2015 in email yesterday ...

nice to see you back :-)

12/05/2017, 08:58


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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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