Although A Certain Ratio always carried the burden as one of Factory Records’ lesser bands, the group undoubtedly added an influential strain of nervy funk and disco into post-punk’s DNA. Operating in the shadow of the Joy Division / New Order contingent the group pushed ahead to release some truly great music. Singles were the band’s strong point and classic tracks like “Do the Du,” “Flight” and “Shack Up” endure as blueprints for today’s dance punk bands like LCD Soundsystem.
Formed in Manchester, England in 1977 around the core of Martin Moscrop, Jez Kerr, and Simon Topping, A Certain Ratio signed with Tony Wilson’s Factory Records in ’79. That year brought a 12” titled... Read More