27 May 2005
Joy Division in Embrace's Home Entertainment 
It's Embrace's turn to submit to The Guardian's Home Entertainment section and lead singer Danny Macnamara takes the opportunity to explain the influence Joy Division had during his formative years: "There's a song called I Remember Nothing that I listened to about 40 times in a row when I was 17. The conviction in his voice took music to another level for me, and there was no sense of spectacle with Ian Curtis. Music can be a deeply serious thing if you've got what it takes to pull it off. Joy Division inspired a lot of goth bands that didn't have that fear; that look in their eyes that Ian Curtis had."

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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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