15 Jan 2004
Did you used to dance onstage arms aloft or skulk in corners with Happy Mondays at Fac 51 The Hacienda?

If so, you may already have heard about Over-Rated, the "brainchild of three thirtysomethings, Anthony Teasdale, Anthony Hill and Sean Bidder who mis-spent much of 2003 reviving club nights for, as they put it, "Johnny-come-latelys and media wankers"."

If not (and maybe if yes), check out the February edition of Word magazine. Apparently for their recreation of the Hac they replicated the famed Ben Kelly-designed interior using yellow paper and black masking tape.

Over-Rated has also recreated Shoom, Shelley's and The Paradise Garage.

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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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