Are they still together? Yes. ACR MCR.
Did you ever see them play live? Yes, once. Long ago. Club Lingerie, Hollywood. They never smiled.
Anything you want / need by them? Some promo-only 7” singles. Audiophile editions of their albums – where’s my multi-channel SA-CD of “Force”?
You really should own / hear:
- I’d Like To See You Again (1983)
- Force (1986)
- Good Together (1989)
And there’s a ton of good 12” singles – some of which aren’t even on CD as yet, notably “Brazilia”! The cassette-only (at the time) release of “The Graveyard & The Ballroom” was what got me started on ACR. I distinctly remember driving around Los Angeles with my cassette of “I’d Like To See You Again” on my car stereo, circa the mid-80’s. I would leave work early, drive to Beverly Hills (from Studio City) and buy an international money order to mail off to a European / Antipodean supplier – with ACR as my soundtrack (likely the flip side of this cassette was Wally Badarou “Echoes”, readers!).
So nice that their good albums get re-issued with bonus tracks on CD! No, I haven’t found all of the Japanese kami sleeve editions yet. The female vocalist of Swing Out sister is on “Force”, too. Did you see “24 Hour Party People”? I laughed out loud in the theatre, when I saw it.
Drat! And I missed their L.A. show when they came to play recently for the “Part Time Punks” series @ The Echo – I don’t now remember why – but I did. Their newest album “Mind Made Up “ (2009 / 2010) is very good, too. The single from it, “Starlight” – is from 2002. Apparently they do not work so quickly these days.
It’s really rather amazing that they’re still active in 2011 – an awful long way from the fall of 1979. And, no – I did not know (at the time) that they took their name from a Brian Eno song. If I would’ve known that, I might never have investigated them. But “The Graveyard & The Ballroom” cassette snuck it’s way into my traveling Walkman, and another fan was created.