27 Jun 2008
Tea-time Television 
Excellent words received from ikonand's Brian Nicholson:

"Not sure if you’ve noticed but I’ve finally relented and been taken over pod-like by the Youtube Myspace virus. Early days but I thought I’d give a release to some of the lesser known bits from Ikon and the stuff ikonand is doing now.
The next few weeks will see some more stuff such as Clash of the Titans: Sooty vs Malcolm; Broken Family Band; my Daylight Hacienda video etc"



Videos posted thus far include:

FACT 125 Bessy Talks Turkey: "FACT 125 was given away as a promotional VHS gift Xmas 1984. Hosted by Hacienda VJ and raconteur Claude Bessy aka Kick Boy Face, the original title was 'Factory Video Hype'".

TV Wipeout - Operating Instructions: "'Life ain't no seminar'. The great Claude Bessy filmed by Malcolm Whitehead below ground at the Hacienda Manchester 1983. Featured on DV4 TV Wipeout from Doublevision."

Dub Sex Swerve: "Video made by Malcolm Whitehead at Ikon, taken from unreleased Dubsex project."

Lunge: "Sound and visuals by Brian Nicholson from his unreleased Ikon project In the Cradle (1994)."

Moonlight on the Highway: "Ikon celebrate the melancholy tones of Al Bowlly with Lew Stone and his band. What else is worth dreaming of? Brian Nicholson has fun with dingbats but ends up falling in with 30s British Dance Band. Where will it end?"

Case Closed: "Cut up with sounds lovingly spliced by Chewy Benson and visuals arranged by Brian Nicholson - Life Support Technician from Ikonand."

Stretchheads - The Overrunning of the Orifice Region: "Ikon favourite from the early 90s. Many thanks to Paul at Blast First and the band for such an entertaining weekend. Made by Malcolm Whitehead and Brian Nicholson."

A vidtonic for the post-euro/pre-season depression.



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"Manchester, 1978. In the beginning there were four: Jez Kerr (bass), Martin Moscrop (guitar/trumpet), Peter Terrel (guitar/effects) and Simon Topping (vocals/trumpet). Four thin boys with a name borrowed from a Brian Eno record, the intense, drummerless quartet initially drew influence from Wire, Eno, the Velvets and Kraftwerk, and gained a manager in Anthony Wilson of Factory Records.

"May 1979 saw the release of their first ACR single, the dark All Night Party, although the sound and musicianship of the band would be transformed by the arrival of funky drummer Donald Johnson (DoJo) in August. Over the next few months the band gigged widely, often with Joy Division as part of Factory packages, and recorded demos with producer Martin Hannett as well as a Peel session. Their support slot with Talking Heads on their UK tour in December 1979 set David Byrne on a new course, and provided the compelling live half of their chic cassette package The Graveyard and the Ballroom. Post-punk, ACR now reflected the influence of Funkadelic, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, The Bar Kays and James Brown."

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