1 Dec 2009
Charles Street Redux 
A flyer currently being distributed in Manchester:

FAC251 FACTORY HQ

20 years since the birth of Madchester, the building that started it all and ultimately destroyed it all...

FAC251 - Head Office of Factory Communications Ltd... Built by Tony Wilson
Designed by Ben Kelly & Pater Saville. Paid for by NewOrder
Broken by The Happy Mondays...

A NEW INDIE ROCK+ROLL CLUB & LIVE VENUE
COMING JANUARY 2010

www.FACTORYmanchester.com

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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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