29 Jan 2008
Badly Drawn Pieces 
No. 14 in Damon Gough's "Pieces of Me" (a collection of personal items) in today's Guardian is a pair of FAC 51-Y3 trainers which were auctioned off at the opening of the FAC 491 Urbis Haçienda exhibition last year.

He says "Clare had a few drinks and bid against Shaun Ryder at the opening of the Haçienda exhibition last year for these prototype Haçienda trainers. If Tony Wilson and the Haçienda hadn't happened, there wouldn't have been a scene for someone like me to emerge into."

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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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