1 Sep 2006
Legends of the Fall: New Order 

The Guardian dissects the "must-sees" of the coming autumn (or "fall", if you will) and in amongst them is New Order's enormo-gaff tour:

"it's 20 years since the Mancunian electronic godfathers last toured regional venues in places like Blackpool and Bournemouth. If they return to their 1980s policy of playing wildly different sets each night, audiences starting to tire of hearing Blue Monday for the 4,567th time are in for a real treat."

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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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