3 Oct 2003
Hung up 
Went to the first Hung Drawn and Quartered event last night in Shoreditch.

Unfortunately the A Certain Ratio / Martin Moscrop set at Aquarium had been removed from the bill at late notice. Despite the disappointment it was still a good night there and at Cocomo, 333, Herbal and Catch 22.

The wristband entry scheme allowed free access to all the clubs even though the little-advertised on-the-night price hike from 12 to 15 pounds was a little rich! Looking forward to this event coming to West London in the future...

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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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