7 Dec 2007
Defend and attack 
Cerysmatic never imagined there would ever be a FAC connection to the Spice Girls (well, unless you count Mel B once being in 'Burn It' - written by Matt Greenhalgh - with that bloke who played Bez in 24 Hour Party People) but Laura Barton has concocted one whilst citing the Spice comeback as her "Miss" of the year in The Guardian: "[on 'Headlines'] ... it was decided to let them coast along into a trundling sort of ballad, fuelled only a chugging drumbeat left over from 1996, and a semi-rap from Mel C that sounded dangerously like John Barnes's efforts in New Order's World in Motion."

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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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