19 Dec 2003
On The Edge 
Screen Edge have the rights to release a whole load of ex-Factory and ex-Ikon videos which you may have longer for for some time.

Their 'Indie' catalogue includes Fact 77 'A Factory Outing', Fact 56 'A Factory Video', Fact 137 'Shorts', The Birthday Party 'Pleasure Heads Must Burn', Biting Tongues 'Wall Of Surf', Blurt 'Live At The Subs', The Fall 'Perverted By Language / Live at Leeds', Hunters and Collectors 'The Way To Go Out', plus a whole load of bands recorded live at Fac 51 The Hacienda including Blancmange, The Bridewell Taxis, Cabaret Voltaire, The Chameleons and, er, Divine. Prices are quite reasonable at around GBP 12.99 for a video and 15.99 for a dvd.

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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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