25 Jun 2017
From Manchester With Love 
From Manchester With Love

Following the tragic bombing on 22 May 2017, Manchester's music community bring you 'Manchester With Love', a 226-track charity compilation from all parts of the music spectrum.

"The city came together in the hours, days and weeks after attack at the Manchester Arena and this compilation shows the city's music community coming together. Previously unreleased tracks from 808 State and A Certain Ratio line up against new music from Anz and Finn, The Buzzcocks line up next to Levelz, showing Manchester's diversity through music. Available to buy for a limited time."

Highlights for FAC fans include:

A Certain Ratio - Nostromo A Go Go (Original Soundstation Demo)
Space Monkeys - Only The Good Die Young

From Manchester With Love is available to buy now via Boomkat.

All proceeds will be donated to the Red Cross We Love Manchester Emergency Fund.

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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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