9 Feb 2004
The Ecstasy and the Agony 
The first episode in the new Shaun Ryder fly on the wall documentary screens on BBC Three on Sunday 15 February at 9pm. The full title is 'Shaun Ryder: The Ecstasy and the Agony' whereas it was known in development as 'Shaun Ryder Comes Clean'. From the BBC Three website:

"Shaun Ryder is one of the most iconic and controversial musicians of the last twenty years. He's lived a hell raising life so extreme it's a wonder to many that he hasn't died. But despite having huge success with his bands The Happy Mondays and Black Grape, the wild frontman is living in poverty."

If the preview is anything to go by this should be an outstanding piece of television.

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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.

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