1 Oct 2003
Pills 'N' Thrills and Bellyaches 
Check out BBC Radio 2 tonight for a new documentary series by Stuart Maconie which is a "tribute to the sound of Manchester during the late Eighties when the Stone Roses and Happy Mondays got the scene going".

Maconie goes back to the mid-Seventies and the Sex Pistols too. Fac afficionados will fondly remember Maconie's contribution to the seminal Madchester: The Sound of the North documentary by Granada Television in which he, James Brown (then both with the NME) and Pete Walsh took a tour round Dry 201 in Oldham Street, Manchester.

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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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