7 May 2004
More Factory-related design news in the new edition of Creative Review (the 'Annual edition with silver cover). This is from their official website: "Design consultancy Spin, in collaboration with Mark Holt, founding partner of 8vo and editor of type magazine Octavo, are to launch an exhibition celebrating the best in poster design from the last 40 years. Fifty Posters will be held at the Spin studio in London and features an eclectic mix of the most influential, ground-breaking poster design - with many of the posters coming from private collections and others even available to purchase."

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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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