25 May 2004
Rob's review 
There's a short but entertaining review of the events at Fac 511 on the Guardian newspaper's website. The Guardian's sister paper, the Observer and in particular its Music Monthly was a partner in the production of the Fac 511 event and was responsible for a free booklet distributed at the event. This includes the reminiscences of various Factory and Manchester music luminaries on the life of Rob Gretton, a Q&A session between Tony Wilson and Peter Saville and, in the inside cover, a rather amusing advert for the paper itself featuring... guess who...

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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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