24 May 2017
FAC 233 Substantial Matters 
FAC 233 Substantial Matters between Joy Division, New Order and Factory Communications Ltd

Fac 233



between Joy Division, New Order
and Factory Communications Ltd

The Summer of Love :-)

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Respect and thanks to those on the sampler 
Noblesse Oblige [FBN 125 / TWI 1234]

Noblesse Oblige (FBN 125 / TWI 1234) is a free sampler CD from Factory Benelux and Les Disques du Crépuscule featuring new and rare tracks from releases in 2016/17, together with several exclusives, and tracks from selected label friends. The line-up includes The Names, The Durutti Column, Paul Haig and Minny Pops.

It's available free when you order two or more CDs, records, t-shirts or card sets via FBN mailorder service (i.e. two or more items in total). It will not be available in the shops.


1. Cathy Claret - Todo Se Va
2. Isabelle Antena - Over You
3. Marsheaux - Treasure
4. White Sea - Gangster No. 1
5. Fritz Catlin - Shooting the Hunter
6. Maxwell Sterling - The Death of Juno
7. Blaine L. Reininger - Demis
8. Jean-Marc Lederman - A Darker Snare
9. Ultramarine - Equatorial Calms
10. Dislocation Dance - Songs That I Like
11. ElutzC!a
12. The Names - Spectators of Life (2013)
13. Minny Pops - Island (Remix)
14. Paul Haig - Do We Have the Time?
15. The Durutti Column - Requiem For a Father (live 1980)

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23 May 2017
Madchester United 
FAC 245 Madchester United

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The 101 on lofts from Tony Wilson 
FAC 101 loft schematic

FAC 101 Tony Wilson's Lofts is a memorable undone Factory Records concept from the pioneering early days of the Eighties. He drew on his experience of New York City to try to convince the authorities in Manchester that they would be a viable proposition but they didn't buy it.

AHW explained thus: "We were visionary in that sense, that lofts would come one day. But we ran out of money - we were too busy with clubs and bars. We tried to explain lofts to people in Manchester and nobody understood it. We actually walked the Manchester Development corporation around a building in Sackville Street, which became lofts ten years later, and said 'These would make great lofts' and they went 'What are lofts?'"

It was thought that was nothing in writing in the public domain to document this FAC number. Well that was true until the discovery in amongst AHW's personal archive papers in the collection of the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) of a briefing paper from a chap called 'Ken' (more info needed on who this is) where he sets out "a few initial notes for FAC 101" and includes a generic schematic of a typical loft.

FAC 101 - a few notes on lofts by Ken

Ken sets out the basic principle of what lofts are and concludes: "The development of the loft conversion is obviously in its initial stages in this country and will require a good deal of commitment on the part of local government and developers if it is to become a reality."

Eventually the commitment would come to light and now loft-type apartments are everywhere and not just in Manchester.

The full transcript of the 101 notes is on our sister site factoryrecords.org.

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ESG live in Lyon and London 
ESG live in Lyon and London

ESG play a selection of Spring / Summer dates in France, London and the USA starting this Thursday at the Nuits Sonores Festival in Lyon, France and followed the next day by the Electric Brixton.

25 May - Nuit Sonores, La Sucrière, Lyon, France
26 May - Electric Brixton, London - Buy Tickets
22 June - Plage Longe, Beach Cannes
7 July - West Fest Chicago 2017
20 July - Good Room, Brooklyn NY
12 August - Athens Popfest, Georgia Theatre

More info on ESG's Facebook page.

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22 May 2017
Happy Mondays Greatest Hits Tour 

Happy Mondays get back out on the road this November and December for the extensive and impressively-titled 30th Anniversary Twenty Four Hour Party People Greatest Hits Tour. Support on most (but not all) dates is from DJ Jon Dasilva.


14 - Bristol, O2 Academy
15 - Brighton, The Dome Concert Hall
16 - London, Roundhouse
17 - Cardiff, The Great Hall, Cardiff University
18 - Portsmouth, Pyramids Centre
22 - Folkestone, Leas Cliff Hall
23 - Norwich, UEA
24 - Southend-On-Sea, Cliffs Pavilion
25 - Cambridge, Corn Exchange
28 - Preston, The Grand Hall, Preston Guild Hall
29 - Scunthorpe, The Baths Hall
30 - Carlisle, The Sands Centre


1 - Liverpool, Olympia
2 - Leeds, O2 Academy
6 - Birmingham, O2 Institute
7 - Lincoln, Engine Shed
8 - Newcastle, O2 Academy
9 - Nottingham, Rock City
13 - Manchester, Manchester Academy
14 - Conwy, The Arena, Venue Cymru, Llandudno
15 - Dublin, Vicar Street [Buy Tickets]
20 - Aberdeen, Beach Ballroom
21 - Inverness, Ironworks
22 - Kilmarnock, Grand Hall
23 - Glasgow, O2 Academy

Tickets (except Dublin - see individual date) available now via alttickets.com.

More details at Happy Mondays Facebook.

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Sons of the Descent present Lazy Glamour 
Sons of the Descent - Lazy Glamour

As well as joining the reconvened original line-up of The Wendys for dates later in the year, Ian White has got together with Hugh Duggie (Lowlife) to form the "pop-tinged noir" duo Sons of the Descent. The singles Look at the Sky / Flighty and Situation in Your Head have been followed by the excellent album Lazy Glamour with everything being released via their own Brawsome Productions.

Situation in Your Head also has a rather excellent video which makes highly innovative use of smartphones.

Lazy Glamour is available now via iTunes and Bandcamp

Keep up to date with the latest via Facebook, Twitter and Soundcloud.

Sons of the Descent - Situation in Your Head

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21 May 2017
FAC 51 The Haçienda 35th Birthday 
FAC 51 The Haçienda 3rd Birthday

On the occasion of the 35th anniversary of the opening of FAC 51 The Haçienda it's an opportune time to revisit the 3rd and 5th birthday posters.

FAC 51 The Haçienda 5th Birthday

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19 May 2017
Octavo Redux 
Octavo Redux

Between 1986 and 1992, 8vo did plenty of ground-breaking and, let's face it, simply stunning design for Factory Records (c.f. various Hacienda posters and covers for The Durutti Column). They also found time to do loads of other work and publish Octavo, International Journal of Typography. It's been long out of print but Hamish Muir and Mark Holt of 8vo (which itself disbanded in 2001) have reunited to make all 8 issues available once again in a very special 384pp book that is currently in the last week of seeking Kickstarter funding.

The book will be made using high-end production techniques to faithfully reproduce the original publications.

To quote the editors: "Octavo Redux is as close as you can get to the originals without holding them in your hands."

The Kickstarter is at 90% of its total with less than 7 days to go so there is still to contribute and make sure this important graphic design project sees the light of day.

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A Certain Ratio live @ 229 
A Certain Ratio live @ 229

A Certain Ratio make a welcome live return to London with a special show at 229 in Great Portland Street on Saturday 24 June.

Tickets available now via Ticketweb and Ticketabc.

If you're quick, tickets are still available for the Liverpool Sound City Festival (with The Human League) on Thursday 25 May. Also, later in the year, there's a hometown show at The Ritz (with special guests Gramme) in Manchester on 16 December (buy tickets).

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Legacy - DJs Seth Troxler & Dave Haslam 
Legacy featuring DJs Seth Troxler & Dave Haslam

Two big names from different generations of club culture are coming together to raise funds for mental health charities.

'Legacy' featuring DJs Seth Troxler & Dave Haslam is on for one night only on Thursday 13 July at South Nightclub, Manchester with all profits going to Mind and CALM.

You may recall that Dave sold his record collection to Seth in November 2015 and at the time the two DJs promised to find the right moment to one day play together in Manchester. The waiting is now over.

The event at South, which follows immediately after New Order play the Manchester International Festival the same evening, will include the club's Courtyard space and others featuring on the night include Micron DJs and TinTin (New Order's tour DJ). The complete line-up, with special guests, will be announced nearer the date.

Seth Troxler grew up in Detroit and over the last ten years has established himself as one of the biggest names on the international circuit. Dave Haslam DJ'd at the Haçienda almost five hundred times from 1986 to 1997.

Expect a proper party, past, present and future combining.

Advance tickets priced 12.50 GBP go on sale via Skiddle from 10:00 Friday 19 May 2017.


South Nightclub
M2 6DQ

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18 May 2017
Round and Round (& Round & Round & Round & Round) 
New Order - Round and Round - original film reels

As you will know from Back in the Cellar (Part 1), since February 2016 involving repatriating a large collection of videotapes that used to belong to Tony Wilson that were stored in the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester.

I made some good initial progress returning tapes to various people but then run out of steam slightly. At this point there was still a large number of tapes, film reels and other audiovisual material inside my storage unit. Most of was clearly labelled and I knew who it should go to. I just hadn’t managed to make contact with anybody at that stage or I had but a delivery or pick-up was yet to be arranged.

However, there was also a pile where I was completely in the dark as to who to they belonged to - either through the description being vague or missing or just cryptic. In this category there was six film canisters labelled GREIF. I like a bit of a mystery so I left the canisters where they were and the project went on hiatus (again).

New Order - Round and Round - original film reels

Time passed and then we cut forward to February/March 2017 when I restarted work on my other website factoryrecords.org. I was editing the page for Round and Round by New Order and I noticed that the video for that single had been directed by a Paula Greif.

It suddenly clicked that it must be the film reels for the video that were in storage. My hunch was correct. When I opened one of the canisters (I know - schoolboy error - should have done this first time round!) it contained shooting notes that confirmed the provenance.

At this point, I must digress slightly, and talk about the track itself. The video was done in black and white, featured a series of young female models looking at the camera but not really interacting. They sometimes laugh (whilst trying not to) and occasionally strike different poses. The song continues in the background and there are occasional short blips of graphic inserts. It caused a minor stir at the time as I recall due to its unusual nature.

Round and Round itself is a real stormer and is very much a highlight of the Technique album. Tony Wilson was very confident in it as a single - so much so that he made a bet with Rob Gretton that, if it didn't get into the Top Five of the UK Chart, he would resign as Chairman of Factory Records. It peaked at number 21. It is understood that AHW may have stood down notionally for a day or two but that it was seen as being more of a gentleman’s wager than a serious bet. FAC 253 Chairman Resigns was assigned in honour of the momentous occasion.

New Order - Round and Round

Anyway, back to the Greif reels...

The shooting notes state the date and other technical details relating to the shoot including the name of the model or models. This set includes Veronica (Webb), Kathie, Cynthia (Bailey), Patty (Sylvia), Marieke, Pam and Kim.

New Order - Round and Round

According to Wikipedia there is a second cut of the video that only features Patty [update: see Vimeo].

I understand that there are more reels numbered 10-17 that complete the set and that these are already in the safe hands of New Order. And that is where reels 1-9 are off too very shortly thanks to the always helpful Andy Robinson in their management team.

New Order - Round and Round - original film reels

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Black Grape Pop Voodoo 
Black Grape Pop Voodoo

Black Grape are back with a new album and tour for 2017. Pop Voodoo is in the shops and online from 7 July. It's the first album since 1997's Stupid Stupid Stupid. Ahead the album's release band support Richard Ashcroft at Brixton Academy and then in August it's the Moovin Festival in Stockport (alongside Pickering/Park, Greg Wilson and other factory alumni).

Sat 1 July - O2 Academy, Brixton (with Richard Ashcroft)
27 Aug Moovin Festival, Stockport [Facebook event]

See also: blackgrapeofficial.com

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Those Factory Records flexis in full 
Vinyl has resolutely refused to be killed off by compact discs, Napster and Spotify and is one of the fastest growing sectors of the music industry, seemingly only held back from getting even bigger by a lack of available pressing plant time. However, the poorer cousin of the vinyl seven-inch single, the flexi-disc, does seem to be beyond resurrection (unless there's an emerging hipster trend about which I am unaware) (quite possibly! Ed.) with inherent poor sound quality and durability being the main reasons.

So this would seem to be a good opportunity to review Factory Records' flexi-disc output (and to give the discs themselves one last play) for posterity...

We start with the FACT 14C Test Card flexi by Martin Hannett which came free with initial copies of The Return Of The Durutti Column.

FACT 14C Testcard - Martin Hannett

Lo-fidelity actual suits this recording apart from a bit of popping towards the end of the First Aspect. That said, the dreamier sounds of the Second Aspect don't sound too bad either. It's 33 1/3 rpm and made by Lyntone (as are all in this collection) and one-sided. This is probably only about the second time I've ever played it. According to discogs.com, the last Lyntone flexi was in 1991.

Moving on to FAC 28 Joy Division Komakino b/w Incubation & As You Said (aka And Then Again, aka Incubation 2, aka Incubation B - all these aliases being due to the fact that the track is uncredited).

FAC 28 Joy Division Komakino

The flexi was supposedly available free to record shops indefinitely but stocks eventually ran dry. The quite large number that were pressed mean that it isn't that rare a release. It would later resurface in the Appendix of certain versions of FACT 250 Substance. It's sounds pretty damn good here too, despite perhaps lacking the full sonic depth associated with more modern formats.

Next we have FAC 51B Merry Christmas From The Haçienda and Factory Records.

FAC 51B Merry Christmas From The Hacienda

This was a highly quirky release (even by Factory's eclectic standards) which celebrates the first Christmas at the Haçienda. Simplistic synths and processed vocals from New Order create two Christmas carols (Rocking Carol / Ode To Joy) the like of which you've never heard before. It's unavailable elsewhere to the best of my knowledge.

And finally we have FAC 214 The Guitar and Other Marketing Devices which present four excerpts from The Durutti Column's 1988 magnum opus in the glorious lo-fi of flexi-disc.

FAC 214 The The Guitar and Other Marketing Devices

This promoted a modern-sounding album so what better medium to use than flexis!? This was probably an ironic ruse by Tony Wilson. A matching counter-top self-service box for the flexis was also designed and provided in matching exquisite design by 8vo. It's also the only square disc in this collection (which makes cueing the tonearm difficult). The music tracks are short and sweet and trail an album that would ultimately be listened to on higher quality formats such as CD and DAT. The in-track sound is fine but loud popping and scraping is highly evident between clips. It remains unclear as to how effective this disc was from a promotional perspective.

That's all our four FAC flexis folks!

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17 May 2017
Films made on Factory Records money (Part 2) 
Welcome to the second and final part of Cerysmatic Factory's exclusive interview between Brian Nicholson and Malcolm Whitehead of Ikon, the video wing of Factory Records. Some of the mysteries of The Video Circus, the FACTUS 5 compilation and the undone ACR compilation Below The Canal are explained:

BN: Whose idea was the Video Circus?

MW: Because Tony used to travel between Manchester and Liverpool quite a lot for Granada he knew the art crowd in Liverpool. The woman who was in charge of the Bluecoat at the time asked him if he wanted to do something. Ian had died by then and we had all the Apollo stuff. I was working in Tony's basement at Old Broadway by then. He comes down and says he'd been talking to the Bluecoat about our set-up and they said do you want to put something on with video. We hired 8 or 10 Unicol stands from Holiday Brothers (local AV Hire company) and acquired some large TVs, not monitors, they all worked off RF. So I suggested we put them in a circle with the screens facing inwards. Tony liked that and he ran with the idea and sorted it all out. He had this great poster made, but it wasn't Saville. Can't remember who it was. It was spilt into three sections. For the first part we had Section 25 – New Horizon; ACR - Back to the Start; New Order – Ceremony and No Escape from the Cabs. Then we had the Apollo stuff from Joy Division and finally Facus 5.

BN: Who created Facus 5 (Videoshow' titled 'From Manchester to New York Direct')?

MW: It was Tony's video. Facus 5 was already done before Ikon started properly. Tony hired the equipment to do it including the camera and Umatic portapak for the ACR videos shot near Winter Hill at Rivington Pike.

FACT 46 The Video Circus poster

BN: What was the Video Circus (FAC 46) like?

MW: Fucking fantastic. Me and Tony get there on the day and Oz the sound guy is there and he'd put dirty big fuck off speakers in-between the monitors. So it was – a couple of monitors then a speaker – it ended up looking like Stonehenge! So we all think it looks good and Oz says "I've got a ropelight in the back of the van." So he connected that to the top of the monitors and made it look like a fairground or a circus. Anyhow we go off for a bite to eat and then a drink. I was saying – nobody will turn up. It'll be a disaster. We go back to have a run through before it opens and there are crowds up the street and outside the building. We manage to get in and check things out. I stand on a stage that is over looking the set-up when the punters are in and I nearly had a little cry. It really was that good.

BN: How did people view it?

MW: Well it was incredibly loud for a start. The live Apollo footage sounded like you were at the gig. People wandered into the circle, watched a bit and came out. They all took turns. It was all very orderly.

BN: I always thought you toured it?

MW: We did but not as the Video Circus but as A Factory Video.

BN: Was it the same content?

MW: For a while yes. We showed it all over the place. I can't remember every show.

BN: How was it shown?

MW: It was different at every place. At Nottingham University Paul Smith (Doublevision/Blast First) put it on and it was fabulous. He had TVs all round the pillars in the SU.

BN: Is that when you first met Paul?

MW: Yes. Then we went to Northampton with Bauhaus at a youth club. For that show we used a video projector hired from Holiday Brothers. We did it at Heaven in London and the only other one I can remember is Newcastle with ACR. But we continued showing stuff all through the 80s at the Cornerhouse, ICA and Riverside and I seem to remember you doing one in Blackburn.

BN: That was a nightmare Happy Mondays, Ikon video and an NF stage invasion.

BN: Finally what ever happened to the planned ACR release (FACT 38 Below The Canal)?

MW: We had enough stuff to put on it but the workload at Ikon was incredible. I was working 12 – 14 hours a day and it was just one of those things that kept being put back. We had all the videos that Tony had shot, the Back to the Start video, footage shot at Heaven, the Tribeca film by Michael Shamberg and the gig footage from the Hacienda which was meant to be on there. The band had shot some Super 8 footage of a US tour and I also remember there being a Betamax tape from the States which we couldn't get transferred. Jeremy had also made his own stuff.

Huge thanks to Brian and Malcolm.


See also: Part 1 The Factory Flick and Too Young To Know, Too Wild To Care

See also FACT 38, FACT 46 and FACTUS 4 at factoryrecords.org.

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The Railway Children live @ Audio, Glasgow 
The Railway Children live @ Audio, Glasgow

The Railway Children continue their reunion gigs that have seen them play New York City, Manchester, Wigan, Minehead (Shiiine On) and London over the last year.

This time they're heading north of the border to play Audio in Glasgow on 17 June with support from The Orchids.

Tickets priced 15.00 in advance are available now via Tickets Scotland


The Railway Children
The Orchids
14 Midland St
Glasgow G1 4PP

Facebook event
Official site

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16 May 2017
OMD - The Punishment of Luxury album and tour 
OMD - The Punishment of Luxury album and tour

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark come back to recorded and live action in 2017 with the Punishment of Luxury album and tour. The album is due in September with a full UK tour in late October and through November. The album is currently available on PledgeMusic in a variety of formats.


Sun 29 - Liverpool Empire Theatre, Liverpool
Mon 30 - Colston Hall, Bristol


Wed 1 - Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-On-Sea
Thu 2 - Ipswich Regent Theatre, Ipswich
Fri 3 - The Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge
Sun 5 - De Montfort Hall, Leicester
Mon 6 - Nottingham Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham
Tue 7 - Sheffield City Hall, Sheffield
Thu 9 - The Hexagon, Reading
Fri 10 - O2 Guildhall Southampton, Southampton
Sat 11 - G Live, Guildford
Mon 13 - The Roundhouse, London
Wed 15 - De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea
Fri 17 - Manchester Academy 1, Manchester
Sat 18 - York Barbican, York
Sun 19 - Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow
Tue 21 - Birmingham Symphony Hall, Birmingham
Wed 22 - Sage Gateshead, Gateshead

Ticket go on sale Friday 19 May at 09:00 BST via axs.com and other outlets.

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Shiiine On Factory All-Stars 
Shiiine on Weekender 2017

This year's Shiiine On Weekender at the Butlin's Minehead Arena from 10-13 November is shaping up to be a quite a bit of a FAC fest what with Happy Mondays being one of the three headliners and Peter Hook & The Light, A Certain Ratio, Space Monkeys, The Wendys and Time For Action. Plus there's a screening / Q&A of the Do You Own The Dancefloor? documentary film.

Tickets priced from 219 GBP (earlybird) are available now via www.shiiineonweekender.com.

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15 May 2017
Films made on Factory Records money (Part 1) 
The official info sheet for FAC 9 describes it as the matrix number for films made on Factory Records money. However, according to Ikon man Brian Nicholson, that is not strictly true because he knows for a fact that Ikon's Malcolm Whitehead paid for one of the short films shown at that event in 1979 at the Scala Cinema in London. In this exclusive two-part interview for Cerysmatic Factory which is finally seeing the light of day, Brian talks to Malcolm about The Factory Flick and Too Young To Know Too Wild To Care:

BRIAN NICHOLSON: How did the Scala Cinema show come about?

MALCOLM WHITEHEAD: I was still working full time at the airport and finishing off the Joy Division film. One of the downsides of working in isolation was that there was a tendency to discard things or not finish things. Tony had seen it, was impressed, as he had not realised that you could shoot sound on Super 8. One day he contacted me and said that he wanted to show the film at the Scala cinema in London (the original Scala on Charlotte Street not the one at King's Cross). I was making excuses, saying it wouldn't stand up to projection in a cinema. But I relented and so it forced me to finish the film. The event at the Scala was promoted by Stephen Woolley. It featured Don Lett's Super 8 Rankin or The Punk Rock Movie (can't remember which, though some of the footage from The Punk Rock Movie came from Rankin) and Charlie Salem's film The Factory Flick. When Tony and me eventually got there he realises that we've got to play a wildtrack for Charlie's film as it had no soundtrack. So me and Tony had to rush out and buy a copy of Unknown Pleasures to play as the soundtrack.

FAC 9 The Factory Flick

BN: What about the ACR and Ludus films?

MW: I just remember the Don Letts film, Charlie's film and my Joy Division film. They showed it 3 times during the day.

BN: Was Fac 9 just The Factory Flick?

MW: No Fac 9 was the event, the stuff Factory showed.

BN: Who else was there from Factory?

MW: There was just me and Tony. Paul Morley turned up later with his chums, I remember because his mates were taking the piss out of him when Rob Gretton mentioned his name in my film. Whether anyone else came later I'm not sure as I had to leave during the last showing to get the train back to Manchester as I was at work the next morning.

BN: What did you think when you saw it on the big screen?

MW: Absolutely gobsmacked. It was the first time I'd shown a film in public and to a packed house (though the first house wasn't that packed because it was too early in the day). The dark bits didn't look great. It was projected from the projection booth.

The main thing I learned on the day was Don Letts was a bit arsey. I was talking to the usher, who was a nice girl, he comes in, she asks him for his pass and he plays holy fuck "Don't you realise who I am?" all that sort of shite. "These are my films." And I gave him the Whitehead stare and he starts backing down. I said, "I don't know who you are, why should she? You've no need to talk to her like that."

Later on in the bar the girl came and asked for my autograph in front of him. I said why do you want my autograph? She said "You might be famous later on" and gave him a stare! So that was good, the first autograph I'd signed – the first of about four in my life! The first screening in a cinema and then when Tony and me went to the bar there was the first ever encounter with a Space Invaders machine. We both thought – what the hell is this? Me and Tony started playing like a right pair of Mary-Ellens. Not hitting anything for about the first 6 turns. Then Tony embarrassed me by buying, because it had just come out and it was cool, a Space Invaders T-shirt that they sold behind the bar! After that I came away from the machine and shortly afterwards I caught the next train home.

BN: Was your film shown at The Factory?

MW: No, the only other place it was projected in public was with Mark Reeder in Berlin. I can't believe that I actually sent the film, the original Super 8 film! It came back OK though.

FAC 20 Too Young To Know Too Wild To Care

BN: According to the Factory Shareholders Analysis from around that time we were to expect an "all speaking film by Mr Whitehead". What was this film?

MW: I had a couple of ideas. Tony mentioned Too Young to Know, Too Wild to Care to me but I'd also mentioned to him about doing a film of the Peterloo Massacre, set in the present day. Shot guerrilla style at the scene of the massacre in St Peter's Square and near the Midland Hotel, with the Hell's Angels as the Cheshire Yeomanry. I'd sorted a few bikers out and we were going to do it early one summer morning when the police had gone for a brew. I wanted to do it on the site. I was going to cross cut that with some rural shots near Dunham Hall. I shot some Super 8 test footage of the rural stuff but in the end it came to nothing. So, then it was going to be Too Young to Care.

BN: Did you see a script of TYTK?

MW: Yes, I saw a script but Tony wanted Ian to be in it but he wouldn't. Liz (Naylor) asked me to try and persuade him but he wasn't having any of it.

See also: Part 2: The Video Circus, FACTUS 5 and Below The Canal


See also FAC 9, FAC 20 at factoryrecords.org.

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Oui Are The Supercool 
Space Monkeys live at L'Aéronef, in Lille, France

Space Monkeys play live at L'Aéronef, in Lille, France on Saturday 10 June.

Tickets are priced 5 Euro (7 on the door) and are available direct from aeronef.fr.

Follow Space Monkeys on Facebook and Twitter for more info including on other gigs later in the year including the Shiiine On Weekender (with The Wendys).


14 May 2017
The Wendys live at Audio Glasgow 
The Wendys live at Audio Glasgow 30 September 2017

The Wendys make a highly welcome return in late September with rapidly rising stars Time for Action (featuring Dermo out of Northside) in support on Saturday 30 November at Audio in Glasgow.

Earlybird tickets priced 10.00 GBP are available from macevents.bigcartel.com until the end of May.


The Wendys
with Time for Action
Saturday 30 September
Midland St


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13 May 2017
Have I Got Hewick For You 
Kevin Hewick and Jeremy Corbyn on Have I Got News For You

Congratulations to Kevin Hewick for his surprise appearance on the BBC's Have I Got News For You alongside Jeremy Corbyn.

Those who are allowed may view this episode on iPlayer for a few weeks.


12 May 2017
Back in the cellar (Part 1) 
A Certain Ratio master tape

It's definitely not been a "No Factory" zone during Cerysmatic's 2-year hiatus which has just been broken. Just to prove it's definitely not all about designing web pages and doing blogposts, I was intrigued to get the call from the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester in late 2015 about a huge number of tapes in their collection that they would no longer be able to store due to cost and space restraints.

The tapes used to belong to Tony Wilson and represent his personal collection of audio and video from the Factory estate in a remarkable number of formats ranging from compact cassette to compact disc, VHS to Betacam and just about every type of studio audio master tape known to man. There were approximately 20 boxes which filled (with Colin Torr's help) a large car and subsequently a large portion of my storage unit.

I agreed to take the tapes with the proviso that I would return them to their rightful owners. However, some tapes went directly back to owner without leaving Manchester. In particular, Richard from Space Monkeys collected his direct from MSI and I took a couple of boxes to Bruce Mitchell's Manchester Light and Stage depot in Ardwick.

The Space Monkeys stuff included apparently the only known copy of 'Splinters' E.P recorded at Suite 16 Studios in Rochdale in February 1996 and two Hi8 videos of the first ever London gig at the Dublin Castle in March 1996 which were filmed by Tony Wilson on his camcorder.

The Durutti Column selection was quite varied and highlights included hefty video masters of When The World and Domo Arigato (U-matic), Last Kiss Remix c.1998, "Data DAT for Durutti" c.1998, Abbey Road audio masters for Valuable Passages, and so on. Hopefully some of it will see the light of day although FBN has already just re-released Domo so maybe not that one.

A Certain Ratio master tape

Masters to Rachel from Hopper and DATs to The Wendys and Khalique soon followed and I returned several masters to Gary Newby of The Railway Children when they played the 100 Club last November.

I will soon be returning a hefty box of Section 25, Cath Carroll and more to James Nice @ FBN/LDDC/LTM and then there's the A Certain Ratio, Happy Mondays, Fadela, The Distractions.

And then there's the Greif but that's another story...

See also: The Master Tapes (a story from 2008)

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11 May 2017
The Durutti Column Postcard Set (FBN 56) 
The Durutti Column Postcard Set

The Durutti Column Postcard Set is out now via Polite Company (and very soon via Factory Benelux priced at 25.00 plus shipping and handling.

The lovely Durutti red "hessian" box ia reminiscent of the classic boxed cassette series. It contains 25 litho printed postcards of Vini Reilly and the wider DC world including photos by Mark Warner, Philippe Carly, Annik Honoré and others.

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Getting the band back together 
OK, where were we before we were so rudely interrupted?

We are back and we have a new home - cerysmatic.factoryrecords.org - which should be familiar to you as the home of the Factory Records Catalogue. However, rest assured that the sites will remain separate although they share the same domain name and hosting.

One mega-site might've been possible to construct but it would have been a nightmare to navigate and maintain. But please do check out our sister site because lots of new work has been completed in recent months and there will be plenty more.

There'll be improvements around these parts too and a few have already happened in the background. It'll be a little bit longer (you mean a lot longer, Ed.) before Scream City fanzine makes a return. However, some work was done quite a while now on what might've eventually become Scream City 6 and some of that may see the light here instead.

I hope the site is all in good working order but if you spot anything awry please let me know. As ever, thank you for your continued forbearance.

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A Certain Ratio

"Manchester, 1978. In the beginning there were four: Jez Kerr (bass), Martin Moscrop (guitar/trumpet), Peter Terrel (guitar/effects) and Simon Topping (vocals/trumpet). Four thin boys with a name borrowed from a Brian Eno record, the intense, drummerless quartet initially drew influence from Wire, Eno, the Velvets and Kraftwerk, and gained a manager in Anthony Wilson of Factory Records.

"May 1979 saw the release of their first ACR single, the dark All Night Party, although the sound and musicianship of the band would be transformed by the arrival of funky drummer Donald Johnson (DoJo) in August. Over the next few months the band gigged widely, often with Joy Division as part of Factory packages, and recorded demos with producer Martin Hannett as well as a Peel session. Their support slot with Talking Heads on their UK tour in December 1979 set David Byrne on a new course, and provided the compelling live half of their chic cassette package The Graveyard and the Ballroom. Post-punk, ACR now reflected the influence of Funkadelic, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, The Bar Kays and James Brown."

- intro to ACR Biography by James Nice (LTM)

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