10 Jun 2007
Now we are fifty 
On 28 October 2007, BBC Radio 4's Today programme will be 50 years old. As part of their birthday celebrations they've been interviewing people who were born on the day the programme was first broadcast.

Oddly enough, one of the eminent members of the 'Today Generation', is New Order's Stephen Morris.

He spoke to reporter Polly Billington on the programme which went out last Tuesday 5 June. You can listen again until this coming Tuesday. As well as covering the Joy Division and New Order years he describes his early childhood.

Thanks to Neil for spotting.

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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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