16 Jun 2009
ACR @ Beat Happening Sessions 
A small but enthuastic crowd braved storms of biblical proportions to watch A Certain Ratio's gig last night at Dingwalls in Camden. As part of the Beat Happening series there was a short Q&A session with Martin Moscrop and Jez Kerr before the band took the stage. Clearly enjoying themselves, playing out of their skins and even engaging in fan-banter, the band took us through a revamped setlist which featured a well-balanced mix of the old and the new.

Good to see the other JC, David Cooper, Al Jarvis, Agent King, Iain and Bunny, Andy, Will from Reorder and Ceri Evans (ex-Swamp Children).

Photos to come but here's the setlist (with thanks to David Cooper on the Cerysmatic Factory Message Board).

Do The Du
Mickey Way
Wild Party
Mind Made Up
Forced Laugh
Way To Escape
I Feel Light
Heart & Soul
Wonder Y
Be What You Wanna Be
Shack Up
Knife Slits Water (w/Dojo on bass)
Si Firmi (w/Derek Johnson on bass)

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In the grey days of late 1970s post-punk Manchester, youth culture was a serious affair: every musical performance was measured mostly by the conviction of its delivery. The term 'New Wave' opened up free vistas where acquired skills could once again be exercised after punk's monochrome blur. It could be applied to anything from a James 'Blood' Ulmer record to the latest Throbbing Gristle release, Magazine to Swell Maps. Move outside that terrain into Sun Ra, Parliament, Frank Sinatra and Martin Denny, and your options were suddenly without limit...

Then came Tony Wilson's Factory Club (at the Russell Club in Hulme) offering an open invitation to experiment that was taken up when Ken Hollings, Howard Walmsley, Eddie Sherwood and a few others decided to make some noise to accompany their 16mm silent epic Biting Tongues. A further performance followed a few weeks later, when Colin Seddon and Graham Massey disbanded their Post Natals project and joined up. The film itself, a flashing series of negative images, became a memory; the name remained.

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