Formed in Blackpool (Great Britain) by brothers Larry and Vin Cassidy in 1978.Section 25 were initially mentored by Joy Division, and went on to record four albums for Factory Records between 1980 and 1986. The first of these, Always Now, combined post-punk textures with spacey psychedelia, produced by Martin ‘Zero’ Hannett. Their third, From The Hip, produced in 1984 by New Orders Bernard Sumner, explored electro terrain, and spawned the oft-sampled techno hit Looking From A Hilltop.
After a lengthy hiatus in the late 1980s, Section 25 eventually regrouped to release fifth album Part-Primitiv in 2007. This was followed by Best Of collection Dirty Disco in 2008, and a string of powerful live shows across Europe and America.
Outstanding sixth album Nature + Degree arrived 2009, on which SXXV were joined by Beth Cassidy on vocals and keyboards. Sadly Larry passed away in February 2010, having completed work on new album Retrofit, a revisiting and re-imagining of previous material this was released to great acclaim the following September.
In October 2011 the band release Invicta on Hacienda Records,a 4 track EP
February 2013 sees the joining of Jo Cassidy on backing vocals and the release on the Factory Benelux label of the seventh studio album Dark Light.A gorgeous slice of sinuously crafted dark pop produced by Celtic beitmeister Outernationale. The album really is a glorious celebration of hope.
Now recognized as a leading genre band, Section 25 continue to play across the UK,Europe and America.The band contributed three tracks to the recent Warners/Rhino box set Factory Records: Communications 1978-1992, while the oft re-issued From The Hip was lauded as one of ’1000 Albums To Hear Before You Die’ by The Guardian newspaper. The group also feature prominently in recent definitive Factory biography “Shadowplayers”.
‘Every band needs a gimmick. And your gimmick is, you don’t have one.’ Rob Gretton
‘Why can’t all pop music sound this good? Listening to ‘Dark Light’ reaffirmed that music has the power to enrich, the power to lift the spirit – this really does fill you with a warm rosy glow, and compels you in an almost infantile fashion to spin around on some imagined dance floor.The new album displays the bands innate understanding of electronic hook laden pop, underpinned by a subtle techno bpm and refined yet emotive vocals. Dark Light should propel Section 25 deep into the public consciousness.’ Louder Than War
‘I love the new Section 25 single. Pure, raw pop music that brings a massive smile to my face. The most delightful thing I’ve heard in ages and highly addictive too!’ Graeme Park
‘ Those clever bastards from Blackpool.’ Anthony H Wilson
‘An amazing band and leagues ahead of everyone else.’ John Robb
‘There were only three bands that ever made money on Factory and S25 was one of them’ Peter Hook
Alan Hempsall and Robert Davenport formed Crispy Ambulance in Manchester in 1977, originally as a two-man outfit, adding two further members, Keith Darbyshire and Gary Madeley, to the line-up in the following year. With original influences acknowledged as Magazine and Hawkwind, they co-wrote nearly all of their material and developed a distinctive style that has attracted a modest but international following.
During their original five years together they recorded sessions for local and national radio and released several records on the Aural Assault, Factory and Factory Benelux record labels. They played numerous gigs throughout the UK, both as headline act and as support to better known bands such as Joy Division and Killing Joke, culminating in a two-week tour of Holland, Belgium and Germany with fellow Factory band Section 25 in January, 1982. They disbanded Crispy Ambulance at the end of the same year and went on to pursue other projects, having established a catalogue of three singles and an album. Further material was later released, including a fourth single in 1984, recorded two years' earlier in a Belgian studio during the tour.
In 1999, after an absence of almost seventeen years, they reformed for a "one-off" gig in Manchester to promote the re-release of two earlier album titles on the LTM record label. Since then they have brought out a live recording of the 1999 reunion gig, a further retrospective album and a brand new studio album of all-new material. Recorded in January 2002 and released on Darla, "Scissorgun" was promoted by a four-show mini-tour of the USA east coast in November of the same year, marking the band's first ever visit to the States.
In February 2003, Crispy Ambulance returned to the rehearsal room once again to prepare for a return visit to the ICA in London in May (they were last there in 1981) and a second studio album for Darla. Recorded in June, 2003, "The Powder Blind Dream" was released in April, 2004, and is arguably the best work the band have produced so far.
Formed by vocalist/band leader Wally van Middendorp in Amsterdam in 1978, Dutch electro pioneers Minny Pops took their name from a primitive Korg drum machine. The band released several singles and a debut album, Drastic Measures, Drastic Movement, on independent Dutch label Plurex before joining Factory Records in 1980.
Minny Pops' association with the legendary Manchester label would see them produced by Martin Hannett, tour with Joy Division and later New Order, and become the first Dutch group to record a Peel Session. Singles including Dolphin's Spurt, Secret Story and Time were followed by the acclaimed album Sparks in a Dark Room in 1982.
The band released two further albums (Poste Restante and Fourth Floor) before splitting in 1985. A concert at the Paradiso in Amsterdam on 24 December 1981 would prove to be their last live performance as Minny Pops. However, a series of re-formation gigs have happened since 2012.