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52nd Street - 'Cool as Ice'

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Published on Feb 10, 2008

The track that inducted UK's Factory Records into the black music arena. This was 52nd Street's first US hit and the first Factory top 20 Billboard entry outside of the Joy Division/New Order camp. This was a pivotal period in dance and club music in the UK. This track along with Blue Monday merged punk/new wave culture with funk and electro -but instead of this imaging US sound-alikes had a Manchester sound of its own. This was also the Hacienda's theme song as demonstrated on the 'A Factory Outing 51' video 'FAC71'.

This was 52nd Street phase 1: Beverley McDonald, Derrick Johnson, Tony Henry, John Dennison and Tony Thompson. Song was produced by Bernard Sumner of New Order and Donald Johnson of A Certain Ratio. A&R was Rob Gretton.

This is also a tribute to Beverley who passed away Christmas 2006. Bev is and will always be a Factory legend. She was, in that period the cutting edge of the band visually. Her vocal style and presence was the very statement of what Factory Records and the whole Manchester movement was about in the early 80s. Play this classic loud. Enjoy....

RIP Beverley McDonald.
RIP Rob Gretton.
RIP Tony Wilson.

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