27 Apr 2005
Postpunk panel - tonight @ 8.30, The Boogaloo 
Just a quick reminder that tonight is the postpunk panel chaired by Simon Reynolds and featuring a video screening afterwards. Unfortunately, Howard Devoto has had to drop out of the panel, but he has been replaced by Jon King of Gang of Four and will be joined on stage by Paul Morley, Gina Birch, Richard Boon and Simon himself.

Admission: Free
Doors open: 7pm
Event starts: 8:30

The Boogaloo
312 Archway Road
Highgate
London N6
Tube: Highgate (Northern Line)
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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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