3 Jun 2007
Bruised humanity 
Ian Gittins reviews The Chemical Brothers at The Roundhouse in London in today's Guardian.

Sounds like a great gig but worthy of particular highlight is the description of "turn-of-the-millennium hit" 'Out of Control' (originally featuring Bernard Sumner on lead vocals" as "a menacing throb punctuated by hand-grenade samples".

And also that "They stray into New Order's Temptation, but in truth the Chemical Brothers lack that band's bruised humanity and vulnerability: these are robust sonic squiggles drawn by a great clunking fist."

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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.

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