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[Audio] – A Certain Ratio – “Do the Du” (1980)

Posted in Audio by Soundslike on March 23, 2009

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A Certain Ratio – “Do the Du” (1980)

The “other” early Factory band to most people, and generally teased and mocked as the lightweights compared to Joy Division.  But I’ll take A Certain Ratio’s herky-jerky British attempts at funk (and later tropicalia) over the glum seriousness of Division any day; and it rarely got better than this little slice, with it’s perfect beat, scratch guitar, and judiciously applied reverb.

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  1. ohrensause said, on March 24, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    probably my fave of theirs, what a phantastic varied rhythm. the singer somehow reminds me of someone else, edwyn collins of orange juice, i guess. concerning joy div tastes differ of course but please drop the “the”. it reminds me of the original meaning of the word.

  2. Tristan Mahr said, on March 24, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    “My heart was just an open sore which you picked at ’til it was raw.”

    Oh yeah, let’s dance.

  3. ninjacornelius said, on March 31, 2009 at 5:51 am

    This song is pretty much the reason why DFA Records exists. Nice choice.

  4. […] disco-funk. It will also appeal to fans of the Rail Band, King Sunny Ade, Magazine, Maximum Joy, A Certain Ratio, Tony Allen or Fela Kuti, ET Mensah, fusion-era Miles Davis; 70s soundtrack work by Alain Goraguer […]


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