15 Nov 2008
Edinburgh Division 
The 2nd installment of The Guardian's Label of Love series, focuses on Tony Wilson acolyte Alan Horne's Postcard Records.

Josef K's Paul Haig cites the Factory influence: "Glasgow bands were more jangly and influenced by West Coast Americana. In Edinburgh, it was definitely darker, and was hugely influenced by Joy Division." (An influence on Haig that continues to this day as seen by his semi-recent [& Hooky-approved] cover version of 'Atmosphere'.)

The full article is 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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