5 Nov 2017
Palatine - the scribes, critics and commentators 
Palatine - the scribes, critics and commentators

HI FOLKS,

FACTORY ARE RELEASING IN NOVEMBER "PALATINE - THE FACTORY STORY - 1979 TO 1990", A FOUR ALBUM SET ...... IN A BOX ... OF COURSE. THIS
CELEBRATION OF AN ADDRESS CONTAINS LOADS OF TRACKS ... OBVIOUSLY ..... AND WE'RE LOOKING FOR SOME INTERESTING STUFF FOR THE LINER NOTES, A PARAGRAPH ON EACH TRACK, JUST, TWO OR THREE SENTENCES.

RATHER THAN US AT FACTORY WRITE IT ALL IN OUR BORING SELF SERVING WAY, WE THOUGHT WE'D CONTACT A WHOLE BUNCH OF OLD FRIENDS AND ENEMIES, (SINCE THE WORK OF THE SCRIBES, CRITICS, AND COMMENTATORS, IS AS MUCH A PART OF FACTORY'S HISTORY AS THE REST) AND ASK EM TO PEN A LITTLE BIT ABOUT A TRACK THAT MEANS SOMETHING TO THEM.

IN USUAL FASHION THIS IS EXTREMELY LAST MINUTE, IN FACT WE NEED STUFF BY THE END OF THE MONTH. QUEL SURPRISE.

ENCLOSED IS A SET LIST FOR THE FOUR ALBUMS. IF THERE'S ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR OR EVEN FIVE OR SIX TRACKS YOU'D LIKE TO DO A LINE OR TWO ON...... COULD YOU CALL PHIL SAXE AT FACTORY, 061-953-0251 AND MARK OUT YOUR CHOSEN THING ••••••••• WE'LL SEND A TAPE OF THE FINISHED ALBUM/S AFTER IT'S CUT NEXT WEEK...... IN CASE YOU CAN'T REMEMBER WHAT THE PIECE IN QUESTION SOUNDS LIKE. SATIRE.

YOURS

WILSON

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Transcript of a memo typed out in all capitals by Tony Wilson to request liner notes contributions for the Palatine compilation.

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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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