4 Jul 2004
Magnetic Fields interview 
Another Magnetic Fields interview. Highlight: Stephin Merritt's bon mots, including this, on touring - "With 69 Love Songs, we did the whole album in the order that it appeared on the album, over two nights, and with intermission -- four hours. But with this tour, we're actually going to play songs from various records. If we played i all the way through, it would only be, say, 45 minutes long. Shorter than your standard show, though longer than your typical Jesus and Mary Chain show."

Thanks again to Paul.

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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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