26 Feb 2004
Precious Factory Flicks 
Factory has two connections to the "The Lord of the Rings" film trilogy: Andy Serkis plays Gollum in The Lord of the Rings, as well as Martin Hannett in Fac 401 24 Hour Party People. Quite a difference in the two roles!

Viggo Mortensen not only plays Aragorn in the Rings trilogy, but also plays Jerome Staple in the film "Salvation!" that Factory artists such as New Order and The Hood did the soundtrack for (Fact 182). Thanks to Mike Stein for help on this one.

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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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