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Zero: A Martin Hannett Story 1977-1991

late night, some time in the early 70's. a room in a house in south manchester. the tv's finished (it used to in those days) and all but the craziest have gone to bed. a motley crew recline in the room, illuminated by dim lights. ganga smokes snakes its way through the air like a vapour trail, on a mirror crystals glitter. on the turntable a record stops.

"that was amazing man - how on earth did they get that sound?"
"they must have rigged two 16 tracks together"
"impossible! they couldn't have done that without a flanger or something like that"
"bullshit! it's double tracked and d.i.'d through an analog delay system"
"recording like that is impossible"
"no it isn't"
"what'd you say martin?"
"i said, no it isn't"
"okay then, how would you do it?"
"it's easy" all eyes are now on martin. he starts giggling and says "i'd just get stoned."

c.p. lee. 1991

It's been tried before with FAC 325 and And Here is the Young Man, apparently Martin Hannett's influence and importance is too large to fit onto a single comilation. A new collection has recently surfaced, Zero: A Martin Hannett Story 1977-1991, further revealing the depth and breadth of his innovative production work. Track listing below:

1) Buzzcocks - Boredom
2) Slaughter & the Dogs - Cranked Up Really High
3) Jilted John - Jilted John
4) John Cooper Clarke - I Don't Want To Be Nice
5) Pauline Murrary and The Invisible Girls - Dream Sequence 1
6) U2 - 11 O'clock Tick Tock
7) Joy Division - Transmission
8) Durutti Column - Conduct
9) Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - Electricity
10) Magazine - The Light Pours Out Of Me (Second Version)
11) New Order - In a Lonely Place
12) The Only Ones - Oh Lucinda (Love Becomes a Habit)
13) The Names - Night Shift
14) Basement 5 - The Last White Christmas
15) The Psychedelic Furs - Pretty in Pink
16) Section 25 - Friendly Fires
17) Wasted Youth - Rebecca's Room
18) Nico & the Invisible Girls - All Tomorrows Parties
19) Kitchens of Distinction - Quick As Rainbows
20) Happy Mondays - Wrote For Luck
21) World of Twist - She's a Rainbow

**Buy Zero: A Martin Hannett Story 1977-1991 at Amazon**
Fascinating BBC Online feature here

At times Hannett has been dryly acknowledged as the "fourth member of Durutti Column", shame then that they didn't include this Les Disques Du Crepuscule recording off of From Brussels With Love. The below is as dark and brooding as the reputation he kept, it's a fine composition of skittering drum machine, menacing guitar, and waves emanating from either a cheap sampler or some sort off off kilter synth.

Martin Hannett - The Music Room
**ouch! someone reissue please**

martin telling me that for every great leap forward in rock 'n' roll that i could name, he would tell me the new piece of technology, the studio location and the genius engineer/producer who at the very same moment changed forever what we hear and what we play. and he then named every single one.

martin taking his place in that role of honour in cargo, strawberry and britannia row with those arps and his beloved amd digital delay; changing forever the way we hear music...

anthony h wilson.