27 Aug 2007
Happy Mondays in Salford Star First Birthday Issue 
The Salford Star 1st Birthday Summer Spectacular is out now. It's got 76 action packed, people powered, passion zapped pages of marauding voices from the clued up community and its culture kids. It took 3 months to make, it'll take 3 months to read!

The highlight for FAC fans is Pills n Thrills in Little Hulton in which Happy Mondays brothers Shaun and Paul, reveal all. Paul Ryder is interviewed by Nigel Pivaro, plus there's Shaun Ryder and Gaz interview with photos by Ian Tilton.

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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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