26 Feb 2004
The Missing Boy in Finland 
Back in 1981 a trio of Factory acts, The Durutti Column, A Certain Ratio and Kevin Hewick played a mini-festival in Helsinki, Finland. Tony Wilson filmed The Durutti Column's set from the side of the stage and 'The Missing Boy' appears on the Factory compilation video Fact 56 A Factory Video.

Courtesy of Kevin Hewick's own photos and magazine clippings together with screen grabs from the video itself the event can now be relived.

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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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