The original punk funks. Formed in 1978, they were a cut away from your average punks. They also took in influences from Kraftwerk and Funkadelic and were a Factory Records stalwart. For reasons that were never clear, they always seemed to be wearing khaki shorts and to be inordinately fond of trumpets.

In the late 80s, now signed to A&M, they got caught up in the second summer of love, releasing their Four To The Floor EP and the ACR:MCR album. Despite positive reaction, it wasn’t quite enough to get them the hit that they deserved. Relations with A&M soured and they parted company in the early 90s, eventually signing to Rob’s Records (headed by New Order’s manager Rob Gretton).

Won’t Stop Loving You from the ACR:MCR album, had guest vocals from Bernard Sumner (New Order). It also had additional vocals from Denise Johnson (Primal Scream). A classically euphoric track, this has all the innocence of those times. This is the more unusal instrumental version.

Won’t Stop Loving You (Instr.)

As a bonus here’s Turn Me On from their Rob’s Records period.

Turn Me On (‘O’ Mix)

ACR official site and the inevitable myspace site

Buy ACR stuff. Their early recordings are highly recommended.

~ by acidted on February 16, 2008.

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