2 Aug 2005
Sounds of the Seventies on BBC Four this Friday 
From the BBC Four website: Smash It Up. Classic music from the BBC archive, featuring punk and post-punk artists from the seventies. Includes ground-breaking bands The Clash, The Buzzcocks, The Damned, The Stranglers, The Jam, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Undertones and Joy Division. Plus an appearance from Tony Wilson, boss of Manchester's Factory Records, and subject of 24 Hour Party People.

Friday 5 August
20:30 - 21:00 BST
30 minutes
Stereo

This is doubtless a repeat, but well worth enjoying again nevertheless.

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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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