9 Jun 2008
Digital 
If you have been following the feed on the Joy Division page recently it won't have escaped your attention the Microsoft is launching a 500 limited edition version of its Zune player in full Peter Saville / Joy Division Unknown Pleasures regalia.

Microsoft's launch blurb states: "A limited-edition Zune digital media player designed by Peter Saville will be made available to commemorate the DVD release of Joy Division, the critically acclaimed documentary. The film will come pre-loaded on a custom black Zune 80 player that is etched with an adaptation of Saville's iconic artwork from Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures album. Five hundred limited edition players will be available for purchase June 17 for USD 399.99 through Zune Originals. In addition, Zune Marketplace will feature exclusive outtakes from the DVD.

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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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