19 Apr 2005
Happy Mondays to play Manchester MEN Arena? 
An article by Dianne Bourne in yesterday's Manchester Evening News hints that Happy Mondays may play the MEN Arena in Manchester as part of their ongoing comeback. The article also reveals that the band has been rehearsing in the basement of Turnmills, where Shaun and Bez have a residency as part of Get Loaded. As for the long-awaited new album, apparently it's still "early days" but with Shaun now free of the shackles of ultra-restrictive court order that saw him virtually unable to earn money it is now a distinct possibility.

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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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