21 Mar 2004
Everything in its right place 
A non-exhaustive list of Manchester venues old and new played by Factory bands: Academy (Manchester University), Apollo, Band on the Wall, Beach Club, Boardwalk, Capri Ballrooms, Castlefields, Comedy Club, Electric Circus, Free Trade Hall, G-Mex, Green Rooms, Fac 51 The Hacienda, Heaton Park, International, International 2, Jabez Clegg, Kelly's, Lamplight Club, Lesser Free Trade Hall, Maine Road, Manchester Cathedral, Manchester Town Hall, Manchester University, Mayflower, Manchester Arena (MEN/NYNEX), New Electric Circus, New Osbourne Club (The Factory II), Old Trafford Cricket Ground, Piccadilly Gardens, Piper's Disco, Pip's, Polytechnic, PSV, Rafters, Ritz, Royal Exchange Theatre, Royal Northern College of Music, Russell Club (The Factory), Salford University, Squat, Urbis, Whitworth Hall (Manchester University), Woolworth's on Oldham Street.

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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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