18 Oct 2006
No sell-out - In The City 2006 
"This year's In The City direct mail invitation, which is being sent out to the music industry later this month, is in the form of seven-inch single. This may come as a surprise to the many who are aware of In The City's loud and proud championing of digital music since the mid-nineties when sister convention Interactive City was launched. However, fear not; this is no sell-out - the single-sided, collector's item features... the sound of a song being downloaded! If you haven't received your copy of the seven-inch single yet please let us know and we'll get one out to you right away." - AHW's explanation to delegates for this year's odd invitation format choice.

"Our slogan for 2006, and the name of our downloadable soundtrack this year is: "Sounds Good to Me," which is borrowed from my beloved Shaun Ryder. It's perfect because that's exactly how a lot of the music today makes us feel, and it's our job is to reflect our business and help, in whatever way we can, to take it forward." - AHW on the slogan that is a slogan.

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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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