21 May 2004
FAC 511 preview 
Tony Wilson and Jon Dasilva were on BBC GMR last night talking about Fac 511: And You Forgotten - A Memorial Event for Rob Gretton which is this Sunday 23 May at The Ritz in Manchester and completely sold out.

There will probably be some other Fac-related radio fare over the weekend in the build-up to the event itself and Marc Riley's excellent Rocket Science on BBC 6 Music is worth a listen given its recent track record with The Durutti Column. And it's a damn good show anyway...

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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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