18 Oct 2004
Fraternal greetings 
From the Factory Shareholder's Analysis 1979, Fac 14-16 (with teaser for 17-21):

FACT 14: The Durutti Column; 12" LP 33 and a third. Instrumental album by (as in composed/played) Vinny Reilly and Gordon Smith guitar. Produced by martin hannett, to be issued in Mid October in sandpaper sleeve plus Flexi disc test card by M.Zero. Confusacritic time.

FAC 15: 'Zoo meets Factory half way': Leigh open air pop festival, Bank Holiday Monday, Aug 2 '79. Poster and event. CChaos, Distractions, ACRatio, Teardrop OMITD, Echo and B.? Joy Division. 'A staggering event'(Ss) 300 White on black posters; all put up.

FAC 16: A Certain Ratio; four track demonstration/seven tracks; featuring post-modern funk classic, 'Flight' For possible release(200) on cassette. Lateoct.

FAC 17 & 18 & 19 & 20 & 21: see next issue. Fraternal greetings to jean-pierre Turmel, the Scala, City Fun, Final Solution, Naylor's abrasives, KTIM SF, Greg Shaw, Jurgen Kramer, Uncles Savage / Morley / Penman / Gill / Middles / Bell and of course Uncle John, and Auntie Mary, and Andy Schwartz, Printed Noise, Ed Bahlmann, Zercom/Pacific/R.T./V.W./ and everybody else without those valiant efforts we would never have been able to hire a lawyer. The only alternative to the spectacle becomes the spectacle of the alternative. Discuss.

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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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