23 Oct 2006
The Return of The Tube 
Paul Robinson, in today's Media Guardian [free registration required], reveals that the return of classic Channel 4 music show 'The Tube' as an internet radio station will have a strong FAC flavour.

The first show will include New Order plus Anthony Wilson doing a phone interview with REM's Michael Stipe. Wilson also hosts a game show segment called 'Ayepod, Naypod' in which the studio audience will vote for whether they would have the releases of the day on their own iPods. Finally, the "is-it-a-hoax-or-isn't" band Freebass (comprising Hooky, Andy Rourke and Mani) has composed the theme tune.

The first show goes out on Friday 3 November on Channel 4 Radio.

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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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