16 Apr 2004
Glenn Routledge recalls his time working (and playing) at Fac 51 The Haçienda: "I worked there in the year it opened, when there were very few customers and we even asked people to bring board games in to play in the week! I started to do many bit of graphics and print, through Ginger [Howard Jones] and the first thing I came up with was a new design for the Haçienda newsletter. I was involved in tons of stuff over the years, and my pal and I [he also worked for Haçienda for the same amount of time] have many posters t-shirts, badges, cd's, cards, rock, and many of the signed Xmas gifts we were given by the directors of Factory".

Glenn also designed the Second Birthday poster.

Glenn continues: "My pal Brendon was offered Madonna's bra when she appeared at the Haçi, but he refused it! He has a fab Tube t-shirt from 1984! When Elsie Tanner and Foo Foo Lammar where top of the bill and Madonna was at the bottom!

We once thought of writing a book, since many stories were written by people on the outside and those that came along towards the end, and a couple of DJ's too [Dave Haslam]. We were both there every week for years and years! We even remember the bailiffs coming to turn off the power cos the club couldn't pay the bill!!

I did the artworks for the original 'Gay Mondays' night that Paul Cons tried to launch prior the the infamous FLESH. That night only had about 20 people tops! It was mostly of us from the club and some trendies from Sassoons. Funny!

Another thing was we did a swop night thing with Nude night and Camden Lock in London. A mini bus full of us which was organised by Mike Pickering, travelled to Camden, it took ages n ages and when we finally got there we were so off it, that we just collapsed and monged out.

One of the funniest of all things that Tony Wilson once mentioned was that 'The barstaff at the club' would nick full bottles of spirits to go to parties after the club had closed. we were all there with these massive bottles with the labels on the wrong way round! Hehehe we never admitted it of course....".

Thanks very much to Glenn. Hopefully there's more where that came from.

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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.

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