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A Certain Ratio

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Gang Of Four, Delta Five, A Certain Ratio: The Factory at the Russell Club, Manchester

Live Review by Mick Middles, Sounds, 24 February 1979

The Fast way to become intellectual ...

Joy Division, A Certain Ratio, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, John Dowie: Factory Night, Acklam Hall, London

Live Review by Chris Bohn, Melody Maker, 26 May 1979

FOUR DIVERSE samples of current Mancunian Factory products: dopey comedian John Dowie; a cute pop duo called Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark; A Certain Ratio ...

Joy Division, Teardrop Explodes, OMD, Echo & The Bunnymen et al: Leigh Rock Festival, Lancashire

Live Review by Mick Middles, Sounds, 8 September 1979

A movement with no name... and a festival with no people (But a 'staggering event' all the same, says our man Middles) ...

Joy Division/Echo & The Bunnymen/OMD/Teardrop Explodes/The Distractions/ACR: Leigh Valley Festival, Lancashire

Live Review by Jon Savage, Melody Maker, 8 September 1979

Angst in an East Lancs wasteland ...

Joy Division, Pil et al: Futurama '79 Festival — Set The Controls For The Squalor Of Leeds

Live Review by Andy Gill, Ian Penman, New Musical Express, 15 September 1979

The World's First Science Fiction Music FestivalWords: Ian Penman and Andy Gill. Pix: Kevin Cummins ...

Factory Records: Food For Thought

Report by Mary Harron, Melody Maker, 29 September 1979

Lots of people thought that Operation Julie was a bit of an anachronism. Who, in the late Seventies, could be dropping all those tabs? It ...

A Certain Ratio: Manchester

Live Review by Mick Middles, Sounds, 19 January 1980

THE AWARD for the most improved band in Manchester must go to the rhythmic, pulsating, vibrating Certain Ratio. ...

'Looking For A Certain Ratio' (B. Eno)

Interview by Chris Bohn, Melody Maker, 2 February 1980

While 2-Tone revive the fashions of the Sixties, A Certain Ratio are stretching their legs towards the future. In fact, since drummer Donald Johnson joined ...

A Certain Ratio: The Graveyard And The Ballroom (Factory) ****

Review by Mick Middles, Sounds, 9 February 1980

A CERTAIN Ratio (currently the hippest combo in Manchester) typify the approach, style, feel, and idealism of Factory Records. They are distant, difficult to touch ...

Joy Division, A Certain Ratio: Osbourne Club, Manchester

Live Review by Mick Middles, Sounds, 1 March 1980

TO THE centre of the city in the night waiting for Joy Division. ...

A Certain Ratio, Durutti Column, Section 25, Blurt: ICA, London

Live Review by Chris Bohn, New Musical Express, 28 June 1980

THE FACTORY roadshow has taken to bringing their own clown to put on between acts, his name's Kevin Hewick and he attacks his dopey revelations ...

A Certain Ratio: Failed CSE Rock!

Report and Interview by Paul Morley, New Musical Express, 6 September 1980

WE LEAVE the grubby Hulme human hutch where some members of A Certain Ratio live. The view from this particular section of hutches is not ...

A Certain Ratio, New Order: Hurrah, New York NY

Live Review by Ian Penman, New Musical Express, 11 October 1980

Factory whistle blows in New York ...

Rough Trade and Factory: Business Brains in Action!

Interview by Roy Trakin, New York Rocker, July 1981

Independent Thoughts From Rough Trade's Geoff Travis And Factory's Tony Wilson ...

A Certain Ratio: Sextet (Factory Fact 55)

Review by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, 16 January 1982


A Certain Ratio: Sextet (Factory)

Review by Chris Bohn, New Musical Express, 16 January 1982

THE A CERTAIN RATIO anatomy of melancholy breaks down to a curdling rattle of bones, distant whistles, a few whispered words and a trickle of ...

A Certain Ratio: Lyceum, London; Pinski Zoo: The Venue, London

Live Review by Richard Williams, The Times, 19 February 1982

WHO WOULD have thought, after it had been received into the White House and on to the Parkinson show, that jazz could ever again become ...

A Certain Ratio, Maximum Joy: Lyceum, London

Live Review by Leyla Sanai, New Musical Express, 27 February 1982


A Certain Ratio: I'd Like To See You Again (Factory)

Review by Leyla Sanai, New Musical Express, 4 December 1982

I REALLY wanted to love the new A Certain Ratio LP. After countless plays I've accepted it's not going to click the way I'd hoped. ...

A Certain Ratio: Ten Years on the Factory Floor

Interview by John McCready, New Musical Express, 10 January 1987

Can you feel the 'force'? A CERTAIN RATIO's decade of inconsistent, meandering flight between trash and flashes of brilliance may well have come to an ...

The Fall, A Certain Ratio: Free Trade Hall, Manchester

Live Review by James Brown, Sounds, 10 January 1987


Factory R.I.P.

Report by Paul Lester, Melody Maker, 5 December 1992

FACTORY RECORDS, arguably the most influential record label of the Eighties, fell into the hands of the Receiver last week — after months of speculation ...

Post-Punk: Lubricate Your Living Room

Retrospective by Simon Reynolds, Uncut, December 2001


A Certain Ratio: Early (Soul Jazz)****

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, May 2002

BEFORE A CERTAIN Ratio there was The Pop Group but, the latter apart, no one can claim to have played an earlier role post-punk's then ...

see also Swing Out Sister

see also Quando Quango


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