1 Sep 2005
Hello Goodbye: The story of Black Grape and Shaun Ryder in MOJO 
The tailpiece of the September 2005 edition of MOJO magazine is a concise and amusing history of Black Grape by Shaun Ryder (as told to Ben Machell). Among the delights, Shaun explains how Black Grape got started: "[February 1993] After the Mondays split, I told everyone I was leaving the music business. The rest of the band was saying anything to get into the music papers. Me and Bez just kept our mouths shut, and within a day of the Mondays finishing, we got together with Kermit and a couple of others round my house in Didsbury and started jamming in my living room."

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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.

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