27 Apr 2004
GIGS 
This extract from the End of Year '80 Factory Shareholder's Analysis elaborates on the eccentric gigging policies of key Factory bands, stating that: "Up to the individual band. ACR only do two a month cause they have fragile personalities, New Order.. I'm not sure cause I'm the last person to find out about their gigs. Blurt play for money, Vini for love. Some approaches can be made via R. Trade gigs... though as ever nothing is definite."

Thanks to Sebfact for sourcing and transcribing.

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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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