18 Jun 2004
Down to the bone 
Tim Booth's debut solo album 'Bone' is reviewed in the 9-16 June edition of Time Out. This extract suggests that it will be a wise purchase: "The album opens with a flurry of heady rhythmic anthems and then goes on an almost psychedelic journey on 'Falling Down'. Booth even flirts with the kind of lowslung pop drawl that Bono might do if he could ever tear himself away from those three other Irish fellas".

Q magazine also chips in with: "Welcome return of James singer... the Brighton-based culture vulture has rediscovered his musical appetite".



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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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