8 Nov 2008
Now the party's over 
Cerysmatic reader Fausto reports on Tuesday night's launch of 1 Top Class Manager at One Central Street in Manchester:

"We traversed the Pennines and missed Jon Savage due to the arrival of the fog. Pressed on anyway to keep up with the button badge collection, in keeping with those times. Vinyl Exchange appeared to be doing brisk business with the excellent book and various Manchester luminaries, including various members of New Order, A Certain Ratio, The Durutti Column, Crispy Ambulance were in attendance to partake of cake and listen to Rob's favourite records and witness the home videos."

It was indeed a very good turnout with all the following in attendance: Crompton, Jon Dasilva, Tracey Donnelly, Alan Erasmus, Gillian Gilbert, Trevor Johnson, Bruce Mitchell, Stephen Morris, Martin Moscrop, Mike Pickering, Andy Robinson, Andy Signwriter, Mark Williams (Haçienda poster collector extraordinaire), Mick Middles etc.

Many thanks to Fausto.

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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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