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British post-punk band formed in 1977 in Wythenshawe, Manchester.

A Certain Ratio took their name from the lyrics of Brian Eno's song "The True Wheel", taken from his album "Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy)" (1974).

Their first records were released on the independent label "Factory Records" (known by Joy Division, New Order, etc.). On their first releases they sound like a successor band of Joy Division. After a trip to New York in the year of 1980, they quickly developed towards funk. The album "To Each" (1981) is characterised by African percussion, funky drums and bass as well as a sepulchral mood in the style of the Joy Division. After the release of the album "Sextet", which continued the sound of the successful album, singer Simon Topping left the band. He turned to an uncompromising jazz funk sound. Over the years the band approached the catchy Popsound with funk elements.
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A Certain Ratio - Letter To Brezhnev (From The Motion Picture Soundtrack) album art Various Wild Party Various - Letter To Brezhnev (From The Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Comp, Album) London Records, MCA Records UK & US 1985 Sell This Version
A Certain Ratio - Un Printemps 90 album art Various Good Together Various - Un Printemps 90 (Comp) Virgin France 1990 Sell This Version
A Certain Ratio - Dimensione Suono Estate album art Various Be What You Wanna Be Various - Dimensione Suono Estate RCA Italy 1990 Sell This Version
A Certain Ratio - Palatine - The Factory Story / Vol. 1 / 1979-1982 / Tears In Their Eyes album art Various Flight and 1 more… Various - Palatine - The Factory Story / Vol. 1 / 1979-1982 / Tears In Their Eyes (Comp) Factory UK 1991 Sell This Version
A Certain Ratio - Palatine - The Factory Story / Vol. 2 / 1981-1986 / Life's A Beach album art Various Shack Up and 1 more… Various - Palatine - The Factory Story / Vol. 2 / 1981-1986 / Life's A Beach (Comp) Factory UK 1991 Sell This Version
A Certain Ratio - Mixmag Live! Vol. 2 album art Grooverider & Justin Robertson 27 Forever Grooverider & Justin Robertson - Mixmag Live! Vol. 2 DMC Publishing Ltd. UK 1992 Sell This Version
upfront008 Various Life's A Scream Various - Pinnacle Independent News - Upfront 0008(CD, Album, Promo) Pinnacle (3) upfront008 UK 1994 Sell This Version
PGCDPM1 A Certain Ratio - Partymix Volume One album art Playgroup Shack Up Playgroup - Partymix Volume One(CD, Mixed) Playgroup PGCDPM1 UK 2001 Sell This Version
A Certain Ratio - Leigh Festival album art Various Flight and 5 more… Various - Leigh Festival (Album) Interstate Records (5) UK 2006 Sell This Version
ELGCD0056 A Certain Ratio - Elegy Sampler 56 album art Various I Feel Like Various - Elegy Sampler 56(CD, Smplr) Elegy ELGCD0056 France 2008 Sell This Version
none A Certain Ratio - Motel Mozaïque 2009 Sampler album art Various I Feel Light Various - Motel Mozaïque 2009 Sampler(CD, Smplr) Not On Label none Netherlands 2009 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

A Certain Ratio - Relish Compilation E.P. album art Various Way To Escape Various - Relish Compilation E.P. (EP, Comp) Relish Recordings, Relish Recordings Germany 2006 Sell This Version
IMUTE576 A Certain Ratio - AfterParty album art ShadowParty Reverse The Curse (ACR:MCR Rework Extended) ShadowParty - AfterParty(5xFile, FLAC, EP) Mute IMUTE576 UK, Europe & US 2018
ES754 A Certain Ratio - A Factory Assembly album art Various Knife Slits Water (Seven-Inch Version) Various - A Factory Assembly(2x7") Electronic Sound ES754 UK 2019 Sell This Version

Compilations

A Certain Ratio - From Brussels With Love album art Various Felch (Live At Hurrah, New York) Various - From Brussels With Love (Comp) Les Disques Du Crépuscule Belgium 1980 Sell This Version
A Certain Ratio - Factory Benelux Greatest Hits album art Various Guess Who? Various - Factory Benelux Greatest Hits (Comp) Factory Benelux Belgium 1983 Sell This Version
T3 A Certain Ratio - Meridians 2 album art Various Si-Femir-Ogrido Various - Meridians 2(Cass, Comp, C60) Touch T3 UK 1983 Sell This Version
1000191983 A Certain Ratio - Dance Master album art Various Untitled Various - Dance Master(Cass, Comp, Unofficial) TASS 1000191983 Germany 1983 Sell This Version
SCL-1004-5(L) A Certain Ratio - Coincidence V. Fate album art Various Shack Up Various - Coincidence V. Fate(2xLP, Comp) Crépuscule Au Japon SCL-1004-5(L) Japan 1984 Sell This Version
A Certain Ratio - Crépuscule Collection 2 - State Of Excitement album art Various Shack Up Various - Crépuscule Collection 2 - State Of Excitement (Comp) Les Disques Du Crépuscule Belgium 1986 Sell This Version
SAM006, Issue 6 A Certain Ratio - Abstract Magazine Issue 6 - Audio Visual album art Various Sounds Like Something Dirty (Remix) Various - Abstract Magazine Issue 6 - Audio Visual(LP, Comp) Sweatbox, Abstract Magazine SAM006, Issue 6 UK 1986 Sell This Version
A Certain Ratio - Young Popular And Sexy album art Various And Then She Smiles Various - Young Popular And Sexy (Comp) Factory Records Australasia, Factory Records Australasia Australia 1987 Sell This Version
A Certain Ratio - Indie Top 20 Volume I album art Various Mickey Way (The Candy Bar) Various - Indie Top 20 Volume I (Comp) Band Of Joy, Melody Maker, Beechwood Music UK 1987 Sell This Version
A Certain Ratio - Indie Top 20 CD88 album art Various Mickey Way (The Candy Bar) Various - Indie Top 20 CD88 (Comp) Beechwood Music UK 1988 Sell This Version
A Certain Ratio - Manchester, So Much To Answer For album art Various Do The Du Various - Manchester, So Much To Answer For (Comp) Strange Fruit UK 1990 Sell This Version

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Rich.C

Rich.C

December 23, 2016
. . . . . A poor mans Joy Division?
Crijevo

Crijevo

April 14, 2004
Now this is funk - once cold and catchy, now warm and catchy... true luxury of the beat. Sexy, oh yes... and whatever you find by them - grab it! Your legs are waiting. Highly recommended: 'Faceless' (from 'Graveyard and the Ballroom'), 'Life's a Scream', Felch (from '... to Each'), Skipscada, Knife Slits Water (from 'Sextet')... Soul Jazz Records wrote New Order might be the first to push this kind of thing to international stardom but while they were operating as Joy Division, ACR were there light years before....

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