A Certain Ratio
No UK act crystallized independent, punk-influenced funk more than Manchesters A Certain Ratio. The original line-up comprised Jeremy Kerr (bass), Simon Topping (vocals/trumpet), Peter Terrell (guitar), Martin Moscrop (guitar/trumpet), Martha Tilson (vocals, ex-Occult Chemistry), who joined a little later, although she had left by 1982, and Donald Johnson (drums) who replaced a drum machine. They signed to Factory Records in 1979 for the cassette release, The Graveyard And The Ballroom. One side was recorded at Graveyard Studios, the other live, supporting Talking Heads at Londons Electric Ballroom. After releasing All Night Party in May 1979, there was a hiatus before Flight, a UK Independent Top 10 hit over a year later. In the meantime, the band had teamed up with Factorys European sister company Benelux, for a cover version of Banbarras mid-70s funk classic Shack Up, in July 1980. This edgy but...