26 Sep 2004
Avant garde jazz classical 
Avid fans of The Durutti Column will recognise the aforementioned description of the band's musical style coined by Vini himself at Canadian customs and recorded for posterity at the end of The Sporadic Recordings.

Now Time Out magazine describes tonight's Durutti Column show at Ronnie Scott's as follows: "Former Factory stalwart Vini Reilly plays from his album Tempus Fugit where his astonishing flamenco/minimalist cum ragtime/jazz guitar style occasionally makes way for ethereal, vocal-led ballads."

That's one way of describing it...

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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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