20 Aug 2004
A Certain Ratio Rumours 
Rumours circulating about a possible future release of A Certain Ratio's live set at Fac 511 have been given some credence by the Urbanite mailing list which says that "Pete from Ithaca (current Urbanite act) is currently mastering the - described as ultimate - audio masters. We'll let you know what the band decides to do with them and whether they're going to be available on any of our websites!!". It was a splendid set featuring a storming version of Joy Division's 'Heart and Soul' (complete with Hooky on bass) so let's hope it gets the go ahead.

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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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