25 Sep 2006
Old men dj-ing 
According to today's Manchester Evening News, however, Vini Reilly will play an acoustic set at a hastily convened 'bash' at Leroy Richardson's One Central Street tonight. Hosted by Tony Wilson, who also promises to dj, and sponsored by Simply Red, "The party is a celebration of the 150th anniversary this year of the birth of Keir Hardy, the founder of the Labour party".

Timed to coincide with the Labour Party Conference that is currently being held in Manchester, One Central Street is a stone's throw away from the hi-security enclave that is temporarily housing New Labour. Says Wilson: "There's a whole new business in old men dj-ing. I'll be making my set a little bit political. There'll be some Woody Guthrie and some Jefferson Airplane." Local band Polytechnic and other 'special guests' are promised.

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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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