As previously posted on Culture Addicts, Strut Records will release the second album in the FAC. DANCE series, bringing together sought after 12″ versions and rarities from Manchester’s legendary Factory Records imprint – read more here. Featured on the compilation is a song by Ad Infinitum, a band composed of members of A Certain Ratio and New Order. The group only recorded one single, a cover of Joe Meek’s Telstar which was recorded in 1984.
Listen to Telstar by Ad Infinitum below via Soundcloud.
Who were Ad Infinitum? Determined to create her own pop hit, Factory Records worker Lindsay Reade added original lyrics to The Tornadoes’ hit Sixties instrumental, then pulled some Manchester luminaries including Andy Connell and Martin Moscrop from A Certain Ratio, Eric Random, and a choirboy. Disaster struck when Joe Meek’s publishers refused to clear Reade’s lyrics.
“I knew it wouldn’t be a hit in that event,” sighs Reade. “We salvaged things but it didn’t correspond to my vision at all. Hooky (Peter Hook) came in and remixed the whole track; it felt like a drastic haircut and sounded a bit disco when he’d finished. He put my voice through a Vocoder so the words couldn’t be distinguished. The sleeve was a bit state-of-the-art for its time. Each one had a hologram of a spaceship stuck to it. I’d managed to get a job lot of these holograms cheap. I called the band Ad Infinitum, inspired by something Tony had typed on the envelope of one of his letters.” – Lins Numero Uno Ad Infinitum