23 Nov 2003
On closer inspection 
In at numbers 157 and 361 respectively in the Rolling Stone 500th issue '500 Greatest Albums of All Time' are 'Closer' by Joy Division and 'Substance' by New Order. Wot no Bummed, Vini Reilly, Technique or Unknown Pleasures!?

Even more of a surprise omission is the classic eponymous The Stone Roses album (Silvertone) from 1989. It isn't even in the Top 500 whereas it regularly features in the Top Five in polls originating in the UK.

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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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