19 Dec 2004
Honed incompetence Those who filled out the Fac 3.01 survey/fan-info response card (included in the initial release of Facd 2.01 Sex and Death) were promised a free Vini Reilly plectrum or a Durutti Column 'The return of...' print. So, the card was dutifully filled in and sent in to Factory Too. And then nothing. For ages. And then the following letter arrived with a 'slightly damaged' poster, itself with the catalogue number Fac 3.11 and all was made clear....

"1st March 1996

Dear Friend of The Durutti Column

You've probably waited a long time for this due to our own honed incompetence, fuckers in London shifting our database around the country like it's the Radio One Roadshow, and finally the fact that Chris Joyce, former Durutti Column drummer, has a building that leaks. The posters that we printed for you were damaged by that leak. We have been waiting to get round to printing some fresh ones, but have decided that 'damaged' goods have their own special appeal, so here it is, the two horsemen from the walls of Strasbourg - slightly damaged.

Yours with love

Bruce, Vini, Sam, Desna and Tony"

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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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