9 Feb 2012
Radio - recorded transmission 
Listen to the Radcliffe and Maconie Show on BBC 6 Music on Friday 10 February (probably around 3pm) to hear Chris Hewitt give 6Music's Elizabeth Alker a tour of the Kenion St Music Building in Rochdale. This was home for many years to Cargo Studios, Tractor Music and Suite 16 Studios and which bore witness to many Factory and other bands' recording activities (most notably Joy Division).

The building is about to be revamped and open as a studio again after 11 years of being empty so this radio documentary is very well timed.

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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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