A Certain Ratio Biography

A Certain Ratio are a Post-punk band formed in 1977 in Manchester, England. While originally part of the punk rock movement, they soon added funk and dance elements to their sound. They are sometimes referred to as "post punk funk". The band's name is taken from the lyrics of Brian Eno's song "The True Wheel" (from the album Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy)

The group's longest serving original members are been Martin Moscrop (guitar, trumpet) and Jeremy Kerr (bass, vocals). Another current member, Donald Johnson (drums, vocals), joined after the first drummerless single. Two of ther original members have left the band - Simon Topping (left in 1983 for Quando Quango and, later, T-Coy), plus guitarist Peter Terrell, who left in 1982. Keyboardist Andy Connell who joined in 1982 left to form Swing Out Sister in 1985.

A Certain Ratio's first recording contract was with Factory Records in 1979. They released The Graveyard and The Ballroom only on cassette in 1980. This led them to put out another experimental album, To Each..., released in 1981, was the band's official debut album. With growing popularity and success, the band signed with A&M Records in 1987, and Good Together was released in 1989. The album failed to produce a hit, leading to the band's departure from the label. In the early 1990s, they signed with Rob's Records, owned by New Order manager Rob Gretton.

The band's exploration of rhythm fusing funk, disco, punk and Latin has had a resurgence in the last few years and their influence can be heard in bands such as The Rapture and LCD Soundsystem. In 2002 Soul Jazz Records started a program of reissues of ACR's albums and difficult to find tracks. Further re-issues and a live recording from 1980 have also been made available on the LTM label.

Although the band does not play full time, they continue writing, recording, and performing. A Certain Ratio performed in the US for the first time since 1985 on November 16, 2008, headlining the Part Time Punks Festival at The Echo in Los Angeles, California.

They were managed by Tony Wilson. They are featured in the film 24 Hour Party People where Tony Wilson (played by Steve Coogan) calls them "Joy Division but better dressed." Martin Moscrop was Musical Supervisor of 24 Hour Party People.

Simon Topping appeared on stage with Joy Division - filling in for an indisposed Ian Curtis - at a concert in Bury's Derby Hall on April 8 1980 which ended in a riot (featured in the Anton Corbijn film Control). This concert took place a few weeks before Curtis' suicide.

Powered by Wikipedia

Read More

back to top

A Certain Ratio Tickets - Now On Sale

Date/Time Venue Seetickets Viagogo


Buy A Certain Ratio Tickets

from £17

Buy A Certain Ratio Tickets

back to top

A Certain Ratio Music Videos

Won't Stop Loving You Play Video

Won't Stop Loving You

Watch the official Won't Stop Loving You video by A Certain Ratio in HD on WWW.MUZU.TV and check out the latest new music releases and playlists for free.

Backs To The Wall Play Video

Backs To The Wall

Watch the official Backs To The Wall video by A Certain Ratio in HD on WWW.MUZU.TV and check out the latest new music releases and playlists for free.

Sparkle Play Video

Sparkle

Watch the official Sparkle video by Certain Creatures in HD on WWW.MUZU.TV and check out the latest new music releases and playlists for free.

Hillary Play Video

Hillary

Watch the official Hillary video by Extrema Ratio in HD on WWW.MUZU.TV and check out the latest new music releases and playlists for free.

Bosch Play Video

Bosch

Watch the official Bosch video by Certain Creatures in HD on WWW.MUZU.TV and check out the latest new music releases and playlists for free.

View more A Certain Ratio music videos

back to top

Like A Certain Ratio? You might also like...

 
Powered by Last.fm

Artist/Album artwork images hosted by Last.fm. For copyright enquiries please see here.

 
Latest Tickets - Booking Now
 
Know Your NME
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
 

 
Most Read News
Popular This Week
NME Store & Framed Prints
Inside NME.COM
On NME.COM Today