30 Jul 2006
FAC 331 The Temporary Contemporary Table: additional 
Back in April 2004, Andy Woodcock was revealed in these pages to be the true designer of the infamous Factory boardroom table in the FAC 251 New Factory HQ (One Charles Street, Manchester) which Happy Mondays famously broke. Ed Jackson on the Cerysmatic Factory Message Board, in a thread which some of you will have been following, now provides further revelations as well as rightly staking his claim to being the table's co-designer and co-builder.

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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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