14 Oct 2008
Regrets, I've Had A Few 
Tim Booth reveals that James never should have left Factory Records in a revealing interview in Filter: "Back then we thought they were the big record company. It wasn’t till we got to Sire that we realized what a big record company actually is." (Recent James album Hey Ma is dedicated to the late Tony Wilson.)

Booth and bandmate Jim Glennie describe the working relationship with Brian Eno ("We’re the luckiest band in the world"), namecheck some personal favorite James tracks, and travel down memory lane for past (and not so past) music connections.

There are even hints at U.S. tour dates for later this year.

Full article here.

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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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