3 Nov 2010
A Factory Records Trip to the Lake District 
Michael Winterbottom's The Trip started on BBC2 this week and is, as expected, an entertainment delight featuring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon as loosely fictionalised versions of themselves.

Not surprisingly perhaps seeing as Steve Coogan starred as Tony Wilson in Winterbottom's 24 Hour Party People (and Rob Brydon also had a bit part), there was a Factory reference in Episode 1 The Inn at Whitewell.

As our two protagonists drive into the Lake District in Steve's Range Rover, Steve explains why Atmosphere by Joy Division is playing on the stereo:

Rob Brydon: "Why are you listening to this!?"

Steve Coogan: "That's what I've chosen for the soundtrack for this landscape. It's not expected. You think of that as industrial. I associate that normally with an urban landscape."

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Episode 1 of The Trip, The Inn at Whitewell is available on BBC iPlayer (UK users only). The Trip continues on BBC2 next Monday.

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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.

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