12 Apr 2004
All the king's horses... 
One more image added to the Peter Saville At Home collection (four out of eight ain't bad), this one is of the famous 'Two Situationist Cowboys'. Peter Saville's commentary goes as follows: "This is the first image used by Tony Wilson for the first Factory poster in early 1978 before I became involved in the project. I wasn't able to appreciate the philosophy at the time, but it seems almost biographical to me now." And the credits: "Image appropriated by Andre Bertrand. Speech bubble text appropriated from a novel called 'Tous les Chevaux du Roi' by Michele Bernstein".

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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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