31 Aug 2013
The Record Peddler's Factory Video Guide Pt 2 
We continue our guide to Factory Records promotional videos with Mark from the Record Peddler.

This time we look at Fac numbers between 250 and 300.

Fac 255: Cath Carroll – Beast on the Streets

This tape comes in a blue plastic box with a Factory TM black and white insert cover Detailing Artist, Title, Planned release date 17th September 1990 and Fac 255. The tape has Signal Vision typed labels. The full video, lasting approximately 7 minutes, fades in before the soundtrack begins and shows Cath wandering around the streets of New York after dark, interspersed with footage of a religious nature. The footage is a mixture of both colour and black and white.

Fac 257: Electronic – Getting Away With It

This tape comes in a blue plastic box. Both the front of the box and tape have Signal Vision typed labels. The full length video of the band in a studio is in full colour and lasts 4mins 24secs and fades to black.

Fact 262: Happy Mondays 'Madchester' compilation video

This promotional copy of the video comes in a blue plastic box with Signal Vision typed labels on the front of the box and tape. Although eventually released as a Factory/Virgin issue, these labels state Factory Only. This is the full video, with the credits at the end, lasting approximately, 49mins 40 secs.

Fac 263: New Order – Round & Round

This tape comes in a blue plastic box. The tape itself has a Signal Vision typed label on the front. The full video starts with a title screen 'New Order, Round and Round, Factory Records, Paula Grief Inc, 3:59, UK Edit'.

The full video follows. A selection of female models interspersed with sporadic objects and images.

This fades out to black at the end of the track and the legend 'C1989 Factory Communications Ltd; appears and fades to black. The full; video lasts approximately 4mins 15 secs.

Fac 267: Revenge – Pineapple Face (MTV Version)

This tape comes in a blue plastic box with a cover featuring a cut-down 12" sleeve. The tape has a Signal Vision typed title sticker on the front of the box and also on the tape. The video begins from black to a slide with the legend 'Revenge, "Pineapple Face", 4:11, NTSC Stereo, 4/24/90, 525 Post over a still of Peter Hook taken from the video. A second slide appears of similar design with the legend 'produced and directed by Suze Randall, Creative Director Peter Saville, director of photography and Editor Aaron Landy.

The full length video follows and fades to black before the legend 'C1990 Capitol Records. Inc.' appears across the bottom of the screen and fades to black. The full video lasts 4mins 30secs including titles.

Fac 267: Revenge – Pineapple Face (Club Version)

This tape comes in a blue plastic box with a cover featuring a cut-down 12" sleeve. The tape has a Signal Vision typed title sticker on the front of the box. The video begins from black to a slide with the legend 'Revenge, "Pineapple Face", Club Mix, 6:45, NTSC Stereo, 4/24/90, 525 Post over a still of Peter Hook taken from the video. A second slide appears of similar design with the legend 'produced and directed by Suze Randall, Creative Director Peter Saville, director of photography and Editor Aaron Landy.

Apart from the obvious difference in running time, this is a much more explicit video lasting 7mins 14 seconds including the titles.

Fac 271: New Order – The Advertising Technique (Mix One, Two, Three)

This tape comes in a black plastic box with a label insert from Vector Television. There is a hand-written label adhered to the tape itself which also has the Vector Television logo. The tape contains three different promotional videos for the New Order 'Technique' album. The first mix starts from a countdown clock with the legend 'Factory Records, New Order, Advertising Technique Mix One, 30 second, Date 10/03/89, Prod No: MC/8598, Vector Television 0161-442-7887, CAR 061 443 1360.' The second advertisement has the same countdown clock and details apart from the legend 'Mix Two'. The third advertisement, likewise apart from 'Mix 3'. The footage of the same models used in the 'Round and Round' video is the subject matter, but different questions have been asked of the models and they actually speak as opposed to being silent in the music video.

Also, the legend 'New Order, Technique' appears the end of each advert. Mix One is towards the top of the screen, Mix Two is in the middle and Mix Three is at the bottom of the screen. This tape has been in my possession since 1989 and I have never seen another copy available for sale.

Fac 272: Happy Mondays – Step On

This tape comes in a blue plastic box with a typed title on the front of the box and also on the front of the tape. The track starts from a black screen and the full video fades to black at the end and the legend 'C1990 Factory Communications' appears at the bottom of the screen and fades to a black screen. The full video lasts approximately 5mins in total.

Fac 273: New Order – Run 2

This tape comes in a blue plastic box with a Signal Vision typed label on both the front of the box and the front of the tape. The full video has a strange storyline interspersed with footage of the band on stage and some photographic stills. The full video lasts 3mins 35secs. This is a very limited promo as was the single itself.

Fac 279: Revenge – Slave

This tape comes in a blue plastic box with a Factory TM black and white promotional cover which has Artist: Revenge, Title: Slave, Planned Release: 17th September 1990, Fac No: Fac 279partly printed and partly handwritten A Signal Vision Typed label is on the tape.

The full video starts from a black screen and features a montage of scenes of a female being stripped and tied to a chair in a warehouse setting, footage of the band members in the backstreets of Manchester and in Fac 251 Dry Bar. There is a business man in a taxi, the band members in what look like gas masks and with guns in a basement to the end, the female is released and is seen dancing!

The soundtrack ends and the video carries on with flashed images before ending with a black screen. The full video lasts approximately 5mins 55secs.

Fac 287: Electronic – Get The Message

This tape comes in a black plastic box with no labelling. The tape has a Signal Vision typed label. The full video fades in at the start from a black screen. Footage of the band members wandering around a foreign town and desert. Other assorted images and Bernard lip-synching to the track, in full colour and with aerial views of lakes and mountains are the highlights.

At the end, the picture fades to black and the legend 'C1991 Factory Communications Ltd' appears at the bottom of the screen before fading to black. The full video lasts approximately 4minutes.

Fac 293: New Order – World in Motion

This tape comes in a blue plastic box with no labelling. The tape has a Signal Vision typed label.

The full video starts from a black screen and features the classic video of the band, Keith Allen and various members of the England squad singing along interspersed with footage of England in matches.

The video fades to a black screen at the end and the legend 'C Factory/MCA Records 1990' appears at the bottom of the screen. The full video lasts 4mins 13secs

Fac 297: The Wendys – Pulling My Fingers Off

This tape comes in a blue plastic box with a Factory TM black and white promotional cover which has Artist: The Wendys, Title: pulling my fingers off, Planned Release: 22nd April 1991, Fac No: Fac 297 partly printed and partly handwritten. A Signal Vision Typed label is on the tape.

The full video starts from a black screen and features a montage of scenes of the band lip synching to the soundtrack. These are live and studio shots and are interspersed with the band in a city setting. Some obscure, random views are thrown in for good measure. A mixture of colour and black and white are used.

The full video lasts 4mins 4secs and fades to a black screen at the end. There are colour bars sometime after the footage ends.

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