A new 500-page oral history by Audrey Golden promises to reveal the untold story of the women who played a pivotal role in the success of Factory Records.
Tag: A Certain Ratio
Nikolaos Katranis and Russell Craig Richardson are working on a four-part documentary series on post-punk music, based on Simon Reynolds’ book “Rip It Up and Start Again.”
Denise Johnson, the Manchester-born singer whose soulful voice lifted the music of Primal Scream — most memorably on Screamadelica — A Certain Ratio, New Order and more has died at the age of 56, according to U.K. press reports and musicians she’d worked with. No cause of death has been announced.
This is a round-up of the week’s new albums, expanded reissues and/or box sets, appearing each Monday on Slicing Up Eyeballs. All releases due out this Friday unless noted. This week’s new titles include a pair of archival releases from David Bowie, a box set from A Certain Ratio and a new Rosetta Stone album.
Classic post-punk outfit A Certain Ratio has dusted off and reworked a cover of Talking Heads’ “Houses in Motion” that it recorded with famed Factory Records house producer Martin Hannett in 1980 with the intention that Grace Jones would sing the lead vocal. Check out the cover and its video here.
This week’s new releases include a brand-new studio album from Simple Minds, plus a collection of BBC recordings by The Chills, a reissue of A Certain Ratio’s second album, a box set collecting studio albums from Ian Dury with and without the Blockheads, and a new Alphaville best-of.
A treasure trove of early ’80s concert footage shot at New Order’s legendary club FAC51 The Hacienda soon will make its way online thanks to a deal by Ikon — Factory Records’ video spinoff — to provide its remaining archive of performances to Peter Hook’s site fac51thehacienda.com.
Last night, bassist Peter Hook marked the 30th anniversary of Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis’ death by performing the band’s 1979 debut ‘Unknown Pleasures’ in its entirety — plus assorted other Joy Division and Warsaw songs — at his Manchester club FAC251 The Factory.
This week’s new releases include reissues from Frankie Goes to Hollywood (‘Welcome to the Pleasuredome’), Buggles (‘Adventures in Modern Recording’), Madness (‘Absolutely,’ ‘7’), Julian Cope (‘Peggy Suicide’) and A Certain Ratio (‘Force’), plus a new Plimsouls live album from 1981.