23 Jan 2009
Part Time Punks Factory Records Podcast 
The Part Time Punks Factory Records 4-hour special aired on 15 January 2009 by KXLU is now available to download as a podcast.

"Four hours of the music from Factory Records label you don't have to dance to. You'll also hear excerpts from Tony Wilson's book, interviews with band members & then-contemporary reviews & other sundry knowledge of the label, its bands, city & era. Not to mention some unreleased New Order & Joy Division tracks you won't hear anywhere else in the world (unless yer mates with Jon Savage). And even an excerpt from some of Ian's letters to Annik..."

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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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