27 Jun 2017
C88 3CD box set on Cherry Red 
C88 3CD box set on Cherry Red

More indie-pop compilation goodness from Cherry Red in the form of C88, a 3-CD box set out 30 June 2017.

This time the Factory Records interest comes from The Wake with a demo version of Crush The Flowers. This song was originally the a-side of a single on Sarah Records in 1989 (SARAH 21)

"C88 is another celebration of the Eighties Indie scene, documenting a golden era when tuneful guitar-based bands made records on shoestring budgets, often issued on small labels with hand-made artwork, with little hope of mainstream exposure."

- Cherry Red

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Title: C88
Format: 3CD
Release date: Friday 30 June 2017
Catalogue number: CRCDBOX36

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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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