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A Certain Ratio – Sextet

In many ways, A Certain Ratio were the bridge between Manchester's punk and house scenes. Originally signed to Factory, they had early support slots with Talking Heads (1979) and seminal New York funksters ESG (1980), helping shape the label's electronic dance ethos alongside New Order (albeit without the same commercial success). Despite reaching only No 53 in the album charts, 1982's Sextet received ecstatic reviews for its taut, abrasive swagger—an uncompromising blend of percussive NY dance-funk, avant jazz and African, Latin and Brazilian influences.

Eric Idle: “Monty Python came from the same generation as The Beatles and The Stones…”

We interviewed Eric Idle about the recent Monty Python's Total Rubbish: The Complete Collection for the August 2014 issue of Uncut. We only had room in the issue for a small chunk of the interview; so here it is in full... __________ Did making records allow Monty Python to express or try things out that you didn't do in your tv shows? Or was it a sensible marketing opportunity that you made the best of?

HMV to go into administration

High street music, DVD and computer games retailer HMV has confirmed that it is going into administration. A statement released to Music Week reads: "It is proposed that Nick Edwards, Neville Kahn and Rob Harding, partners of Deloitte LLP, will be appointed as the administrators of the Company and certain of its subsidiaries. The Company's ordinary shares will be suspended from trading on the London Stock Exchange with immediate effect."

First Look – Led Zeppelin’s Celebration Day

Here’s Jimmy Page, reminiscing about Led Zeppelin’s 2007 reunion show at the 02. “We wanted to go out there, stand up and be counted,” he said at a press conference held earlier today in London. “To show people who maybe didn’t know Led Zeppelin but had heard a lot about us why we were what we were. And not only that, we had had a really good time that night. We made a lot of people very happy.”

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