A CERTAIN RATIO continues their 40th-anniversary celebrations with a brand new remix of ‘Dirty Boy’ from fellow Mancunian Chris Massey. The track, described by Mixmag as “for those who like their disco with a bit of a bite” is available today with a brilliant new video, edited by Chris Massey.
The track is taken from a new EP to be released on 6 September which features classic and long unavailable remixes of ‘Shack Up’ by Electronic (Bernard Sumner and Johnny Marr) as well as another new remix of ‘Dirty Boy’ by Paul Dering.
Watch the video for ‘Dirty Boy’ featuring Barry Adamson and the voice of the late Tony Wilson, remixed by Chris Massey - BELOW:
ACR: BOX, featuring over 20 unreleased tracks, is out now as a 7 x coloured vinyl set, 4 x CD set and digitally, and next month the band embark on the next leg of their anniversary shows, starting with three festival appearances at We Out Here, Hardwick and Green Man Festival.
Following on from 2018’s compilation, acr: set, the box showcases the diversity of the singles, B-sides and alternative versions of tracks that A Certain Ratio have released, but without repeating tracks recently made available. ACR: BOX collates everything that fans had been missing from the recent reissue campaign, and compliments that with a selection found after a deep delve into the archive to find all the hidden gems that had been talked about over the years, but never heard – even a few releases the band had forgotten about!
The box set, which marks the 40th anniversary of A Certain Ratio’s debut release, the Martin Hannett produced ‘All Night Party’ (Factory Records’ first single release), which was described recently by Record Collector as “a statement of future intentions: to set funk off against nervous angst.” They went on to be hailed universally as pioneers of what became known as “punk funk” thanks to the success of their second single, ‘Shack Up’, represented here via a radio edit from Electronic, featuring Bernard Sumner and Johnny Marr.
A Certain Ratio embraced the ethic and culture of the late seventies post-punk explosion, but sounded like nothing else around them and refused to fit in. Highlighted recently by FACT, who said: “Their dub-infused punk-funk recordings have proved massively influential over the past thirty years, and Andy Weatherall has called them his favourite ever band (a prestigious accolade in our estimation)”, the band have influenced generations of musicians - from LCD Soundsystem, Happy Mondays, Franz Ferdinand, ESG, Factory Floor and Sink Ya Teeth.
Their sound is not easily pigeon-holed and their influence can never be understated. The band introduced the avant-garde elements of funk, jazz, electronics, tape loops and technology to the pop song, wrapping it in a post punk aesthetic, adding great clothes and the coolest haircuts.
A CERTAIN RATIO – LIVE
16 Aug – We Out Here Festival
17 Aug – Green Man Festival
18 Aug – County Durham, Hardwick Live Festival
24 Oct - Leige, BE, Le Reflector
25 Oct - Paris, FR, Petit Bain
26 Oct - The Hague, NL, T’Paard
27 Oct - Cologne, DE, MTC
28 Oct - Berlin, DE, Columbia Theatre
29 Oct - Hamburg, DE, Uebel und Gefrahrlich
2 Nov – Dublin, The Sugar Club
8 Nov – Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
9 Nov – Birmingham, The Crossing
15 Nov – Stoke-on-Trent, The Sugarmill
16 Nov – Glasgow, King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut
17 Nov – Huddersfield, The Parish
6 Dec – Stockton on Tees, The Georgian Theatre
7 Dec – Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
11 Jan - Tokyo JP, Marz
12 Jan - Tokyo JP, Marz
DIRTY BOY/SHACK UP REMIXED - TRACKLISTING
A1 Dirty Boy (Massey Mix)
A2 Dirty Boy (Nine In The Afternoon Mix)
AA1 Shack Up (Work Mix)
AA2 Shack Up (Wipe Out Mix)
1 Shack Up (7" Version)
2 Dirty Boy (Massey Mix)
3 Shack Up (Electronic Radio Edit)
4 Dirty Boy (Nine In The Afternoon Mix)
5 Shack Up (Work Mix)
6 Shack Up (Wipe Out Mix)
ACR live is Jez Kerr, Donald Johnson, Martin Moscrop, Denise Johnson, Tony Quigley and recent addition on keyboards, Matt Steele.