4 Feb 2005
F4 Records profile on BBC News website 
With the headline 'Mogul Wilson backing UK rap band', BBC News profiles the fourth incarnation of Factory, F4 Records.



Tony Wilson explains that Factory Too and Factory Records Limited, the two previous incarnations, were "despondent and dismal experiences" and that "Of all the things I do in my life the most exciting thing I've ever done, and the thing I have most loved, is being part of a record company."



Meanwhile, F4 has taken delivery of some shiny new badges, more details of which expected shortly.

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"Manchester, 1978. In the beginning there were four: Jez Kerr (bass), Martin Moscrop (guitar/trumpet), Peter Terrel (guitar/effects) and Simon Topping (vocals/trumpet). Four thin boys with a name borrowed from a Brian Eno record, the intense, drummerless quartet initially drew influence from Wire, Eno, the Velvets and Kraftwerk, and gained a manager in Anthony Wilson of Factory Records.

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