16 Sep 2004
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Anthony H Wilson guested on Mark Radcliffe's Radio 2 show on Monday 13 September and you can listen to it online until next Monday. Topics of conversation included:

- In The City: costs £700 bands in 70 venues; costs 0.5m to put on and once they've paid everyone, including Bruce Mitchell's light and sound company, they don't make anything, honest.

- <24 Hour Party People - Tony was pleased because he came over as "a relatively nice person" whereas anybody who knows him knows he is "a complete asshole"!

- The music industry: "To really be in the music industry you have to be born in 1950."

- The Keith Barret Show: Yvette, his partner, still hasn't forgiven him for it apparently.

- The Perfect Kiss video (Fac 321); directed by Jonathan Demme, cost £140,000 and no-one has ever seen it!

- oh, and the 'H' is for Howard...



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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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