11 Sep 2004
Heroic 
The Durutti Column's live session on the Radio 2 Mark Radcliffe Show on Wednesday 8 September 2004 featured the following tracks:

Otis
Sealine / Woman
My Mum / Requiem for my Mother

Mark introduced Vini Reilly who in turn introduces the band: "Bruce Mitchell as always on drums. He is the superhero who saves other planets." He went on to explain that he and Bruce have played together for "23 years, man and boy". Completing the line-up, Vini introduced Keir Stewart as the producer, bassist and harmonica player and Rachel McFarlane on "keyboards and samples and smiling winsomely at me."

After the last track which features an especially stupendous guitar solo by Vini, host Mark Radcliffe thanks him for his "guitar heroics" which were promised earlier in the evening. The live tracks are available in a streaming playback service until next Wednesday [RealPlayer required].

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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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