A Certain Ratio are an English post-punk band formed in 1977 in Wythenshawe, Manchester. While originally part of the punk rock movement, they soon added funk and dance elements to their sound. Their name is taken from the lyrics of Brian Eno’s song ‘The True Wheel’ from the 1974 album ‘Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy)’. The group’s longest-serving original members are Martin Moscrop (born 24 September 1960) (guitar, trumpet) and Jez Kerr (bass, vocals). Another current member, Donald Johnson (drums, vocals, bass), joined after the first drummerless single.
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. Another experimental album, ‘To Each…’, released in 1981, was the band’s official debut LP. 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.
A Certain Ratio were managed by Tony Wilson. They are featured in the film ’24 Hour Party People’ where Wilson (played by Steve Coogan) describes them as “having all the energy of Joy Division but better clothes.” Martin Moscrop was Musical Supervisor of ’24 Hour Party People’.
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