28 Sep 2006
The Virgo Mechanically Replayed 
I'll stick me neck out.

Jon Da Silva was not only the best Manchester/Hacienda DJ back in the day, but also produced the best dance music to come out of the city. I know this because a) I have had the pleasure of working with him in the studio and b) I have seen people levitate during one of his dj sets.

Well now he's got a band!

What's more, they'll be supporting New Order on their Autumn UK tour!

TVMR play Newcastle Academy on October 11 and Chips With Everything on November 10.

'The Gun EP' by Hallelujah was one of Rob's Records (12ROB16).
'Push Push' by Original Rockers was remixed for Cake.
'Big (Baka)' by New Fast Automatic Daffodils was remixed for Playtime.
I'm not sure if any of these are available anywhere, but they are certainly worth hunting down.

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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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