19 May 2004
And so the myth continues 
"Plenty has been written before about Rob Gretton and his place in the Manchester music scene. Most of it focuses on his role as co-founder of the Haçienda, or his management of Joy Division and New Order. Very little has been said of his post-Haç career, and practically nothing about his involvement with Sub Sub/Doves."

So begins an excellent biographical website page on Rob which goes a long way to filling the very gap it mentions. It is required reading for those who did and didn't know Rob Gretton.

Thanks to Conor for the link.

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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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