1 Nov 2004
The Return of the Sleeve 
From the days when CD-ROMs and the Factory Too website were new technology: "October 24th '95 saw the media launch of "Sex and Death - the CD-ROM" at London's ICA. This reworking of the Stephen Street produced album was created by Manchester Multimedia Developers, The Boot Room. The CD-ROM - that's the MAC version - is on the streets via Pinnacle Software in mid November. It's being hailed as the first classy example of the new CD-Plus or CD enhanced format." This was also a Durutti Column gig with Vini playing tunes in front of projections from the CD-ROM.

As a footnote to this it is also worth noting the extremely amusing legal disclaimer that came with the CD-ROM:

"The following is a legal agreement between you and Factory Records Too and the The Boot Room. You're supposed to read this agreement carefully before using the Durutti Column 'Sex and Death' CD ROM. By using the CD ROM, you agree to be bound by this agreement. If you do not wish to be bound by this agreement, you should immediately return the CD ROM, unused, with your proof of purchase, to the place where you obtained it for a full refund and maybe a fuss about the way lawyers get everywhere.

The materials and rights of the Producer and of the Owner of the work reproduced on this CD ROM are reserved. Unauthorised copying, hiring, lending, public performance, radio, TV Broadcasting or use within any other media display and broadcasting system of this CD ROM is prohibited. You may use this CD ROM for your personal use only. We'll also let you show your friends cos' we're nice.

You may not place any of the materials on this CD ROM on an electronic bulletin board or other form of on-line service. That's the official bit but hey, get a life.

We would prefer if you do not use any of the materials on this CD ROM without prior written permission to do so. Unauthorised use of any of the materials is a violation of world-wide copyright law. The data contained herein belongs to Factory Records Too and The Boot Room, and is protected by the copyright laws of the UK, and the rest of the World, and we have great lawyers.

You agree to indemnify and hold harmless Factory Records Too and The Boot Room against any damages or liability of any kind arising from any use of the products contained on this CD ROM. Neither Factory Records Too nor The Boot Room, nor any of its partners, directors, officers, employees or agents (intelligent?) shall be liable for any damages, whether direct, indirect, consequential or incidental, arising out of the use of, or the inability to use, this CD ROM and the products it contains. If you or your computer crash it 'ain't me babe'."

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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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