23 Nov 2005
FAC 104 and Madonna in The Guardian 
As reported last year and detailed previously in a Manchester Evening News article, there has been something of a resurgence in interest in Madonna's appearance at FAC 104 The Tube from FAC 51 The Haçienda.

With Madonna's new album just released, Tim de Lisle in today's Guardian has today re-invented that same article, and opts to tell the truth of what happened. Featuring new interviews with Martin Moscrop, Greg Wilson and Norman Cook (who was in the audience), it's in the G2 Section.

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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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