10 Oct 2006
Manicured Noise's Northern Stories 1978-1980 
Manicured Noise 'Northern Stories 1978/80'
Released: 30 October 2006
Label: Caroline True Records

A first ever compilation gathering together almost all this eclectic and always (FAC 1) Factory related act - giving a clear insight into an otherwise hereto unknown missing link in the Manchester music jigsaw.

Album artwork reproduces Fac 1 with kind permission of Peter Saville and also features a great 8 page digi-pack with rare pics and extensive cover notes by Steven Walsh of Manicured Noise.

With the first few copies (100) there is a splendid A1 poster that features Jon Savage's late seventies / early 80's pics of Hulme in Manchester and album artwork.

Available now pre-distributor release as follows:

10.50 GBP inc P+P to UK and free poster from jkertland@yahoo.co.uk (Paypal, all enquiries to the same address) or via snail mail (with Cheque / Postal Order in GBP made payable to John Kertland) to:

Gravel Hill Farm

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"Manchester, 1978. In the beginning there were four: Jez Kerr (bass), Martin Moscrop (guitar/trumpet), Peter Terrel (guitar/effects) and Simon Topping (vocals/trumpet). Four thin boys with a name borrowed from a Brian Eno record, the intense, drummerless quartet initially drew influence from Wire, Eno, the Velvets and Kraftwerk, and gained a manager in Anthony Wilson of Factory Records.

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