10 Aug 2004
Single-minded electronic disco energy 
The DJ Magazine website has a piece on the Hacienda by Hillegonda C. "Gonnie" Rietveld (ex-Quando Quango). It is an extract from the forthcoming book 'Crossfade: A Big Chill Anthology' which is available to pre-order in advance of the official publication date. The book "chronicles from a fan's point of view the recent developments in electronic and ambient music and outstanding success of groups like Zero 7, Lemon Jelly, Royksopp, Bent and Talvin Singh."


Crossfade: A Big Chill Anthology
Edited by Pete Lawrence and Vicki Howard
Published 22 September 2004
ISBN: 1 85242 875 9
List Price: £12.00
Category: Culture & Music
Paperback 224pp

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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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