19 Feb 2005
Tony Wilson interview in the NME 
There's a highly informative and amusing interview with Tony Wilson in the NME of 12 February. He explains how 30 grand is enough to break a band (10 for recording, 10 for marketing and 10 for manufacturing) and that if you spend 300 grand on a Space Monkeys video directed by David LaChappelle it's gonna end in tears whereas both RAW-T vids cost 800 quid. Tony also elaborates on his 13-year-cycle theory and why it didn't quite deliver in 2002. Oh, and yes, he has a dog too.

Thanks to OMNY.

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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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