Electro dance group from Manchester, UK. Formed in Rotterdam, Netherlands in 1980 by Hacienda DJ Mike Pickering (songwriting) and Dutch siblings Gonnie Rietveld (programming) & Reinier Rietveld (drums). Reinier Rietveld left the group in 1983 for his own group Spasmodique and was replaced by A Certain Ratio's percussionist Simon Topping. The same year 52nd Street's Derek Johnson joined the group, soon after to be replaced by his brother Barry Johnson (8). They were signed at Factory where they released a series of singles (their earliest ones produced by New Order's Bernard Sumner and A Certain Ratio's Donald Johnson) and one album with guests from the Manchester scene (Andy Connell, Johnny Marr, Vini Reilly, Beverly McDonald). Their 1983 single [url=/release/26296]Love Tempo[/url] was a dancefloor hit on both sides of the Atlantic and is considered a precursor of the US house scene. After the album release in 1985 they disbanded. Mike Pickering formed T-Coy and later M People, playing a crucial role in the UK acid house scene.
Quando Quango were a British electronic music group, formed by The Haçienda DJ and Factory Records A&R man Mike Pickering, Hillegonda Rietveld and Reinier Rietveld. Their unique sound influenced the underground dance music scenes in New York and Chicago in the 1980s. Their first release was the "Go Exciting" twelve-inch single on Factory Records in 1982, and their last release of new music was the 1985 full-length album Pigs + Battleships (reissued on CD by LTM Recordings in 2003 and 2013).