sounds like something dirty
life's a scream
and then again
knife slits water
si firmir o grido
23rd May 2005
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Live in America 1985
A Certain Ratio. The name even sounds suitably eccentric. Very un-rock'n'roll. Very non-punk. The name comes from a Brian Eno song. ACR always did stand a little apart from punk's snot and Hepatitis B merchants.
This is the first release on Melodic's Re-issues label. The label currently infamous for it's mainly folktronic output and the debut single by the Nine Black Alps last year. Label boss David Cooper explains, 'I'd always had this idea of putting out some of my favourite records from when I was younger. It's funny cos I've been digging out certain records and some of them sound terrible now but others still sound great and are so relevant now.' Which certainly rings true with A Certain Ratio, 'Live In America was an album me and my friends had around 86-87. Everyone in Manchester seemed to have this record and it's definitely the one live album in my collection I've played more than any other.'
Live In America 1985 was recorded on cassette during an American tour
during the summer of 1985. A Certain Ratio were supporting New Order on
a series of East Coast and Canadian dates. This then is a compilation
of the best versions of each song, a raw compendium that draws on each
era of their recording career from The Fox to Si Firmir O Grido.
This captures them at an almost perfect intersection. When they were weird enough to be interesting, loose enough to be groovy, but tight enough to be hot; like their version of Touch, liberated from its original tempo, sounds like Motorik clav-funk, while the lyrics, almost a pastiche of feel-good disco, keep it earthbound.
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