18 Oct 2008
Rictus grin 
Sculptor Michele Rashman, wife of ex-Simply Red and Happy Mondays manager Elliot, is "relieved" that her sculpture of Shaun Ryder as 'talented dog' failed to attract a buyer at last weekend's inaugural Buy Art Fair held at Urbis in Manchester.

"I'm glad it didn't sell because I'd like to tour it round the country a bit first".

But why didn't the work of art, entitled 'Hey Shawarma', realise its modest GBP 20,000 price tag?

Cerysmatic viewers debate amongst yourselves after a sneak preview in the Manchester Evening News.

Michelangelo's David or Hancock's Aphrodite?

You decide.

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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.

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