16 Nov 2003
Weekend playlist 
My copy of Gentle Sound by The Railway Children arrived in the post on Saturday (it's only available direct from railwaychildren.co.uk) and that stayed on the stereo all Saturday. Duly inspired I dug out the original 'Brighter' and 'A Gentle Sound' 12" singles on good old-fashioned vinyl for a spin on Sunday. Jingle jangle pop rock at it's best.

'New York Heroes' is a cd compiled by Moby (apparently his first ever) and came free with the November 2003 edition of Mixmag. It's 12 tracks are all in some way connected with NYC. It contains a preview of the new Voodoo Child album which is the dance alter ego of Moby. The first Voodoo Child album 'The End Of Everything" was great, especially 'Dog Heaven'.

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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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