26 Aug 2004
Record Collector (#301, September 2004) has an interview with Corinne Drewery of Swing Out Sister, who are back with a new album 'Where Our Love Grows'. She says that Andy Connell (ex-A Certain Ratio) has been working on the music for a short film called 'The Knickerman', directed by Sonja Phillips. Swing Out Sister have also being doing DJ sets which Andy apparently does on his G4 Powerbook but Corinne who sang on 'Bootsy' (from 'Force') by ACR, sticks to good old-fashioned vinyl Northern Soul collection. They've also put together a compilation of tracks from the Universal archives in Japan called 'A Few Of Our Favourite Things'. It features some of the songs that have influenced the group.

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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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