8 Dec 2003
Litmus guest 
This just in from Fiona at Phil Jones Management:

"It has just been announced that support for The Durutti Column's gig at Manchester University on Saturday 13th December will come from Litmus, a string quartet who perform their own unique versions of songs by Mancunian legends such as Joy Division, The Smiths and The Stone Roses. Songs in the Litmus canon include Love Will Tear Us Apart, Atmosphere, Bizarre Love Triangle, Lazyitis, She's Lost Control and, er, Holding Back The Years. Litmus were formed in Nov 2001 to play live at the launch of the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester. They have since performed at several major Manchester events, including the International Finance and Enterprise Week gala dinner.

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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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