29 Oct 2004
X-Rated Factor 
Popbitch carries this great story, complete with spelling mistakes, about the lengths to which Factory would go to save money (shurely "waste money". Ed.):

"How Sean got his happy mondays, tuesdays... X Factor contestant Rowetta used to sing with Happy Mondays. During the group's heyday Sean Ryder got massively addicted to phone sex lines, and ran up thousands of pounds worth of bills for Factory Records.

To try and keep costs down Factory supremo Tony Wilson got Rowetta to call Sean and talk dirty to him at least four times a day instead."

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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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