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Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Mickey Way



In between their early 80s post-punk/punk-funk peak and their late 80s acid house renaissance A Certain Ratio had a very jazz-funk mid 80s. This is Mickey Way, the 12" mix (FAC 168), off the album Force (FAC 166c2). I've got the lp on cassette, one of those beautiful Factory cassette packages in a cloth covered box with lovely cardboard foldout inserts. I may never play the tape again but I will never throw away the box it is housed in. Mickey Way is leftfield jazz-funk, not smooth jazz-funk. I think.

Mickey Way (The Candy Bar)

I gave up the cigs one month ago today. Seems longer. They still smell really nice when I walk past someone smoking. But I do feel good for it. I am now addicted to nicotine impregnated chewing gum instead.

8 comments:

davyh said...

That's a lovely looking tape box; I shall sample the track tonight. Well done on the ciggies!

Anonymous said...

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Luca

Swiss Adam said...

For a while I did think about trying to collect all the Factory cassette boxes. Then I got a grip.

dickvandyke said...

Have you got a light, boy; have you got a light?

Echorich said...

I made it my mission to collect all the FAC CASSETTE BOXES. I think I am only short one or two. ACR's Force took me some time to find. They sit separated from my cassettes and cd's on a bookshelf in pride of place.
There is only one period of ACR that worried me at the time and that was the early 90's flirtation with acid house. Some of the tracks are brilliant, but as they were still looking to "break through," involving Barney on remix and vocal duties and some of the more poppier attempts fell a bit short for me...In retrospect they seem to have grasped their mis-step and followed up with some excellent music when they moved from Factory to Rob's Records in the mid 90's. The 2008 album - Mind Made Up was just excellent!
My fave period though was Sextet and I'd Like To See You Again - when they sounded like no one else.

Anonymous said...

see factvm for the full colour photo collection by said band its all for charity and christie

JC said...

Bastard!!

Spent last weekend doing a whole bunch of advance postings for the next 10 days or so and this ACR song is among them.

Well done of the cigs front....

Swiss Adam said...

Sorry! Go ahead and post anyway JC. You probably have far more readers than I do.