15 Jun 2010
Shadowplayers book competition 
Win a copy of Shadowplayers: The Rise and Fall of Factory Records by James Nice plus other goodies in Cerysmatic Factory's new competition.

The winner will receive a copy of the book, the Shadowplayers DVD from 2006 and to complete the impressive prize list the limited edition new vinyl album reissue of Section 25's Always Now by Drastic Plastic in the US. The 180 gram vinyl features a facsimile of the original Peter Saville pochette envelope.

To be in with a chance of winning this, ahem, factastic prize answer the following question (courtesy Mr Nice):

"On the DVD version of Shadowplayers, a pedigree Weimaraner dog can be seen running back and forth in the background during Tony Wilson's interview at his Little Peter Street loft in 2005. The dog made quite a mess in the hall... What was his name?"

Entries by email please. The competition closes 10pm Sunday 27 June and the winner will be pulled out of the Cerysmatic hat shortly thereafter. Usual competition rules apply: only one entry per person please and the winner will be notified by email.

Good luck!

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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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