5 Nov 2003
Unsighted and Serene 
Factory's series of boxed cassette releases released in the Eighties represented "a new line of cassette boxes releasing new titles as well as some back catalogue" according to the mail order catalogue from Of Factory New York. The new packaging was designed by Peter Saville who used the classic font Bembo on the front and side of the colour-coded boxes. Not every planned cassette was released. That same catalogue lists Fact 24c A Factory Quartet. Similarly a brown cassette box version of The Wake's Fact 130 Here Comes Everybody was never to see the light of day...

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Biting Tongues

In the grey days of late 1970s post-punk Manchester, youth culture was a serious affair: every musical performance was measured mostly by the conviction of its delivery. The term 'New Wave' opened up free vistas where acquired skills could once again be exercised after punk's monochrome blur. It could be applied to anything from a James 'Blood' Ulmer record to the latest Throbbing Gristle release, Magazine to Swell Maps. Move outside that terrain into Sun Ra, Parliament, Frank Sinatra and Martin Denny, and your options were suddenly without limit...

Then came Tony Wilson's Factory Club (at the Russell Club in Hulme) offering an open invitation to experiment that was taken up when Ken Hollings, Howard Walmsley, Eddie Sherwood and a few others decided to make some noise to accompany their 16mm silent epic Biting Tongues. A further performance followed a few weeks later, when Colin Seddon and Graham Massey disbanded their Post Natals project and joined up. The film itself, a flashing series of negative images, became a memory; the name remained.

- extract from the LTM Biting Tongues biography

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