11 Dec 2003
Die-hard completists don't want it 
This is John Dowie's verdict (from his official website) on his early Eighties release Fac 19 'It's Hard To Be An Egg' which was produced by Martin Hannett. Not quite sure that's entirely accurate as this 7" single in realistic (?) egg colours, some with feather for added realism is a necessity for any self-respecting Factory collection. Earlier Dowie ensured his immortality by appearing on the legendary Fac 2 A Factory Sample (performing 'Acne', 'Idiot' and 'Hitler's Liver'). Dowie's Factory career ended with the eponymous video cassette release 'Dowie' (Fact 89) which featured cover art by Ralph Steadman. More recently John Dowie has co-written and starred in the BBC comedy musical drama for kids 'Dogman' which has recently been issued on video.

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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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