31 Jan 2005
With 'Love From Manchester' 
The Tsunami Disaster benefit show at the Manchester Apollo was a resounding success. Badly Drawn Boy introduced The Durutti Column who played three songs. Hooky didn't play as such but did say "hello" from the stage. Full review to come.


'Simply the Bez' in The Observer 
The Observer's Luke Bainbridge spent 2 days with Bez after the latter's win on Celebrity Big Brother. A tale of lager and tequila and all things Bez.
28 Jan 2005
Who is the best Manchester band of all time? 
BBC 6Music's Music Week is running a Great Debate on who is the best Manchester band of all time. As they say, "it's the city that gave us The Buzzcocks, Joy Division, New Order, The Fall, The Smiths, The Stone Roses, Happy Mondays and Oasis – all bands guaranteed a place in any sane person’s list of the greatest bands of all time from anywhere. Just below them lurk the likes of Magazine, James, Electronic, Inspiral Carpets, Badly Drawn Boy and Doves, while extending the search parameters slightly would mean mentions for likes of The Verve and Elbow."

Of course, everyone has their own favourites and so you can nominate and vote for your favourite band and the results will be announced in due course.

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Love From Manchester 
A reminder that 'Love From Manchester', the Tsunami Benefit show at the Manchester Apollo is this Sunday featuring Elbow (acoustic set), Badly Drawn Boy, The Durutti Column, Jah Wobble, Aziz, Carmel, I Am Kloot, Goldblade, Kathryn Williams, Longcut and Nine Black Alps. Also just added to the bill are Peter Hook and Phil Cunningham out of New Order. DJs include Andy Votel (Twisted Nerve), Graham Massey (808 State), Paddy Steer (Homelife).

Sunday 30 January at the Carling Apollo Manchester
6.30 - Midnight
Tickets - minimum £15 donation available at Ticketmaster or by ringing 0870 401 8000 and should be available on the night.

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The Guardian's Factory double whammy 
Today's Guardian Friday Review section features an editorial piece by John Harris on Bez, Shaun and how great Happy Mondays were. He says that Bez's recent Celebrity Big Brother win reminds him that the Mondays were possibly the best band ever and that Shaun is up there with Dylan.

There is also another one of those stories seen in other publications on "the Next Big Things that weren't". The Guardian's features Northside (and World of Twist, Birdland, et al) and has a quick interview with Dermo who gives the current Silent Partners tour a good plug.

Thanks to AJ.

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27 Jan 2005
"Unswerving aesthetic dimensions" 
Our journey through the main Factory catalogue part of the Shareholder's Analysis End Of Year '80 concludes with Fact 37 to Fact 50. The further sections on Factory Benelux, Factory US and "Other projects" will follow. The typos and spelling mistakes from the original hand-typed version are again reproduced here in all their glory. Thanks as ever to Sebfact for transcription duties.

FACT 37 Joy Division ; as yet untitled. 3hr VHS cassette. Complete J.D. video. three concerts plus three TV's of variable picture/sound quality but unswerving aesthetic dimensions. Mail Order perhaps by June. Don't apply now until price is announced. Buy yourself a cassette player first anyway... doesn't work on the turntable son.

FACT 38 "Reality is 3/4inch wide." One hour VHS of Factory promo U-matics, same deatils as above....WAIT etc.

FAC 39 Tunnelvision; "Watching the hydroplanes" 7" 45rpm. Sum more lads frum Blackpool. Great techno-ballad. Out March/April.

FACT 40 Joy Division: "Still"; double album, one live, one full of all the tracks people keep complaining they haven’t got..bleeding elitists.. ..etc..to seal the past, undercut the bootlegs and leave open the tree-lined avenues for 50 etc.

FAC 41-4 Undetermined except plans for Hewick single and Reilly album underway. ...whaddyamean we're not taking the backlash seriously.

FACT 45 Section 25 ; album, first, to be recorded at Brittannia Road in February. Demos already completed…let’s hope the sleeve concept's...

FACT 50 New Order... an album probably....or maybe just a nice picture of Hookey like what they had in Sounds. Demo's just completed for this one at Cargo. Latest on the announced gig circuit;"Middlesborough is a hole." Surprised.

Of particular note in this final portion of the Analysis is Fact 38 which is the unfinished and unreleased Below The Canal video by A Certain Ratio. The 'Factory Newsletter and Shareholders Analysis No. 5 September 1981' elaborates further on what this would have contained: "2 Hours. Early promos 'Forced Laugh'/'Shack Up', live from Music Machine and Heaven. 'Back to the Start', 'Crippled Child', TV stuff from Manchester and Milan, M. Shambergs 13 minute 'Tribeca' from the New York loft, plus art... lots of art. Post-synched erotica by Johnson. Available by December/January, same price and arrangements as 37 in similar apropos bridge bag with G&L flip-top convertible." The 'Tribeca' video clip eventually surfaced on Soul Jazz Records ACR enhanced CD compilation 'Early'.

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You Won't Feel Out Of Place (again) 
The server which holds Cerysmatic Factory will be upgraded (from Plesk 6 to Plesk 7.1) on Friday 4 February at 10:00am GMT. This will cause approximately 30 minutes downtime for the site. Thank you for your forebearance.
Channel 4 eyes Bez for new reality TV 
The NME is reporting that Channel 4 are considering a new reality show featuring Bez, who recently won the same channel's Celebrity Big Brother show. Bez's next door neighbour Shaun Ryder may also feature in the show which sounds like it would be similar to The Osbournes. Is there life in the Reality TV genre after all?

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26 Jan 2005
Iconoclast update 
Ed Templeton's solo exhibition The Judas Goat recently opened at Modern Art in Hackney, London and is well worth a visit. It features around 300 works, mainly photos and drawings / paintings from Templeton's entire career though sadly his Hopper artwork did not make it. Templeton has annotated many of the works in his own handwriting. Here is an example: "Silva and Karolina try to extend the mileage of a cigarette - Silva fiends for a nicotine hit from the lungs of Karolina - smoke swap that is dangerously close to being a kiss - it causes a burn in the loins being this close to this - an impromptu party in my pool - people stripped down - two Finnish girls after a temporary highs - my house, Huntington Beach, California year 2004". The exhibition runs until 6 March.

Beautiful Losers, which also features Templeton's work, opens at the Orange County Museum of Art on 6 February and runs through 15 May. The opening night party is on Saturday the 5th. Also running concurrently is an installation at OCMA's Orange Lounge located at the South Coast Plaza in Newport Beach. The Orange Lounge will be featuring the entire Film & Video portion of Beautiful Losers as well as a major collaborative installation entitled "You Are Here" by the infamous collective The Art Dump of Girl Skateboards.

The Iconoclast website will be launching in about 3 weeks. The site will feature a wealth of resource information on its illustrious roster of artists. Exclusive Iconoclast Editions will also be available directly on the site. Later this spring a limited number of only 30 complete Beautiful Losers Silkscreen Portfolios will be available on the site. Each Portfolio will include over 30 silkscreens by Beautiful Losers artists packaged in a custom box with numbered title page.

On Sunday February 6th, the agnes b. store located at 100 North Robertson in Los Angeles will be hosting a reception for the Beautiful Losers Silkscreen Portfolio including several newly available prints. There will be a special guest DJ as well as the premier screening of Cheryl Dunn's new short film entitled "Tokyo Hands". Call +1 310.271.9643 for more information.

Thanks to the Iconoclast mailing list.

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DV8 Durutti collaborator Lloyd Newson 
There is an extensive and revealing interview by John Rockwell with Lloyd Newson of the avant garde dance collective DV8 Physical Theatre in the New York Times 25 January edition (registration required to view online but it's free to view until Monday 31 Jan). DV8 memorably collaborated with The Durutti Column on the Fac 194 When The World video and one of the mixes of the single is named after Newson.

Thanks to OMNY.

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Kalima! by Kalima amongst LTM new releases 
News of more new releases LTM HQ from James Nice. The following are now available for mail order purchase ahead of the store release dates:

Kalima - LTMCD 2407 Kalima!

Isabelle Antena - LTMCD 2432 En Cavale

Isabelle Antena - LTMCD 2434 Hoping For Love

The Room - LTMCD 2405 Indoor Fireworks

James says: "all as usual crammed with extra tracks and bios".

Full details on the news page of the LTM website.

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25 Jan 2005
New Durutti Column show in Belgium announced 
The Durutti Column will headline The Rhaaa Lovely Festival in Namur, Belgium on Saturday 2 April it has been confirmed. Tickets priced 12/14 EUR are available only from the official website at www.rhaaalovely.net (which also has more info, including the other acts playing).

Venue: Salle Saint-Martin, Fernelmont, Belgium (15 km from Namur).

Info: info@rhaaalovely.net


24 Jan 2005
The Movement of the 24th January 
The inception of Factory is recorded in Fac 229! The Music Week Factorial as follows: "24 January 1978 - Tony Wilson partners with Alan Erasmus for the first time under the name of the Movement of the 24th January, to manage The Durutti Column."

The name was appropriated from from the Situationist International Movement Of March 22nd.

Different date, same ideals.

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23 Jan 2005
Bez wins Celebrity Big Brother 
Bez won the final public vote tonight to take the crown in Celebrity Big Brother.
22 Jan 2005
Tracklisting for New Order's 'Waiting For The Sirens Call' announced 
The final tracklisting for New Order's new album 'Waiting For The Sirens Call' which is due for release on 28 March has been announced and reads as follows:

Who's Joe?

Hey Now What You Doing

Waiting For The Sirens' Call


I Told You So

Morning Night And Day

Dracula's Castle


Guilt Is A Useless Emotion


Working Overtime

Thanks to NewOrderOnline which also many more further details including track-by-track comments and production credits.

The first single is 'Krafty'.


21 Jan 2005
Silent Partners - News of the World Tour 
Silent Partners' News of the World Tour starts tomorrow in Oldham and roams around the north until finishing in London on 27 February.


Sat 22 - The Castle, Oldham + support + Stone Love DJs + DJ Fez (Supasonik)
Mon 24 - The Adelphi, Hull + Support
Wed 26 - Carpe Diem, Leeds + Thewlis
Thu 27 - Junktion 7, Nottingham + Vasquez
Fri 28 - The Albert, Shrewsbury + Support
Sat 29 - The Circulation, Burnley + Vinny Perculiar (feat. Andy Rourke and Mike Joyce, ex-Smiths) + support


Tues 1 - De Bees Music Bar, Winsford + Support
Thu 3 - T' Mesis Cafe Bar, Manchester + The Loungs + 3rd Dan + Inbred Quarter
Fri 4 - Central Station, Wrexham + DJ Clint Boon + The Draft
Fri 11 - Drummonds, Aberdeen + Support
Sat 12 - North Star, Lerwick, Shetland + Support + DJ Alan McLeod
Sun 13 - Mooneys Wake, Lerwick, Shetland (Silent Partners intimate acoustic set)
Wed 16 - The Magnet, Liverpool + Support
Sun 27 - Brixton Telegraph, London + The History, The Seen, The Dukes, The High Times, Marver Brown, and The View (All day event)

More details at www.silent-partners.info


20 Jan 2005
Happy Mondays London dates announced 
Happy Mondays have confirmed 2 dates at the Brixton Academy on 25/26 March according to a story in the NME. They will be joined by The Farm and (on the 26th only), the Stone Roses tribute band The Clone Roses.

Buy tickets at seetickets.com


Guardian article 'Wilson launches Factory Records mark IV' 
Today's Guardian newspaper has a article on the launch of F4 Records. Tony Wilson explains that his reason for starting the new label is to stop bands he likes from being "ruined" by signing to the majors. Wilson is funding the label himself, whereas both Factory Too and Factory Records Limited had major label backing. Another snippet is that RAW-T's first publicity photos were by none other than Natalie Curtis.

Thanks to AJ.

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19 Jan 2005
Ed Templeton 'The Judas Goat' at Modern Art, London 
Ed Templeton's solo exhibition titled 'The Judas Goat' opens with a preview tomorrow at 6pm at Modern Art in London.

Following that, it's open Thursday - Sunday from 11am - 6pm until 6 March.

Stuart Shave | Modern Art

10 Vyner Street

London E2 9DG

Tel: +44(0)20 8980 7742

Fax: +44(0)20 8980 7743



Those New Order tour rumours in full 
New Order are planning a US tour in April, followed by the UK in May to promote the release of the new album 'Waiting For The Sirens Call'. The dates will be preceded by "some surprise live appearances".

Thanks to Joy Division Central for info.

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18 Jan 2005
Factory Records on the radio 
There are two radio features on Factory Records in the coming two weeks:

First up, Marc Riley's new show 'Mint' ("Mint takes a gung-ho step into the world of collectable records and pop memorabillia") on BBC 6Music has a item on Factory Records this coming Sunday 23 January at 10pm.

Then, just a few days later on Friday 28 January at 7pm on BBC Radio Shropshire there's a Factory Records history on The Record Collectors show. Also featured will be an interview with Silent Partners.

Thanks to AJ and JK.


Ed Banger and the Nosebleeds Documentary - first ever showing (date confirmed) 
From MDMArchive.co.uk

An MDMArchive Film Evening

Ed Banger and the Nosebleeds Documentary


17 February 2005 at King's Arms, Salford.

A unique opportunity to see John Crumpton's previously UNSEEN 1978 documentary about Manchester punk legends, Ed Banger and the Nosebleeds - Vini Reilly's first band. The film includes interviews and concert footage (filmed in steamy punk clubs) as well as a hilarious TV appearance on ' Granada Reports' with Tony Wilson.

CP Lee will give a talk and the film will be introduced by a very special guest...

More details to follow.


The Durutti Column at The North Star, Shetland 
The venue for The Durutti Column's 16 February gig in Shetland to promote the launch of the F4 Records download deal is now The North Star, Lerwick in place of the Methodist Church as previously announced.

Doors: 7.30

Box Office: 01595 697550

By a strange coincidence, Silent Partners, whose News of the World tour kicks off this Saturday 22 January in Oldham, also play the North Star just 4 days earlier on 12 February.

Box Office: 01595 696643


17 Jan 2005
'Where We Live' by RAW-T out 21 February 
The next RAW-T release on F4 Records is 'Where We Live' and is out 21 February.


Badly Drawn Boy added to 'Love From Manchester' bill 
Badly Drawn Boy, Jah Wobble and Carmel are the latest artists to be confirmed for the forthcoming Tsunami Disaster appeal show at the Apollo in Manchester. Those already confirmed include Elbow (playing an acoustic set), I Am Kloot and The Durutti Column. Here is a message from co-organiser Gary McLarnan about the show and where the money raised will be going:

"We've had a huge response from all of you to get involved with the show at the Apollo, apologies for not being able to respond to each of you individually. We can't fit everything into one night, so we put our heads together and reckon we've found a solution.

"Some of you may know already, but in case you've not heard, the Apollo show, which is headlined "LOVE FROM MANCHESTER" will now be an early contributor to an initiative called "MANCHESTER MILLION". It will keep a tally of fundraising from Manchester events to aid the Tsunami Disaster relief funds, and aims by consolidation to propagate many more events and donations than might have happened individually. To read the mission statement and more details on what events are happening, how to register your event, register your want to help, or check the running total, please go to www.manchestermillion.co.uk which is currently under construction and should be live soon.

'Love From Manchester' at the Apollo on 30 January has already sold 600 tickets. It's a great start, but there's still a way to go before we sell out."


Sunday 30 January at the Carling Apollo Manchester

6.30 - Midnight

Tickets - minimum £15 donation available at Ticketmaster or by ringing 0870 401 8000

Confirmed artists: Elbow (acoustic), Badly Drawn Boy, I Am Kloot, Aziz, The Durutti Column, Nine Black Alps, Jah Wobble, Carmel, Kathryn Wiiliams.

DJs: Andy Votel (Twisted Nerve), Graham Massey (808 State), Paddy Steer (Homelife) and more still to confirm

Those who are making LOVE FROM MANCHESTER happen behind from backstage: Sparklestreet, John Robb, Carling Apollo Manchester, Ticketmaster, Tom Piper, DBN, Audile, Spin Media, STS Touring, MCMN, Phil Jones, Ear To The Ground, Nova Print, Jon Caine, Rustica, Zest and many more.

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'Grand Designs' on Ben Kelly 
The latest issue of 'Grand Designs' magazine (an offshoot of the successful Channel 4 television programme) has a feature on Ben Kelly, the designer of Fac 51 The Hacienda, Fac 201 Dry and the Fac 251 Factory HQ.

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16 Jan 2005
Praxis Makes Perfect 
A youthful Anthony H Wilson explained to New Order's Gillian Gilbert why he set up Factory Records in Channel 4's New Order Play at Home documentary first broadcast in 1984:

Gillian: "Can you tell me briefly about Factory Records, yeah, what's it all about?"

AHW: "What's it all about, the truth. I could give you 18 different truths or loads of different stories, but they all come down to Praxis. Do you know what Praxis is?"

Gillian: "Praxis? No."

AHW: "Have you ever heard 'Praxis makes perfect'? Praxis is the idea that you do something cos you want to do it. And after you've done it you find out all the reasons why you did it. I mean I could give you a hundred great reasons, political, ideological, aesthetic. I liked the friends I met working as a journalist in punk in '76 and '77 and didn't wanna lose them. I'm trained as an academic. I wanted to do experiments, laboratory experiments in popular art. Experiments on people like you, you see. Hmmm, you're experimenting with me in the bath. Er, I wanted to make political experiments, as to how you could function politically in the market place. But all those things, which I might say were the reasons, I've only found out they were the reasons for doing it by doing it. You just do it. I mean everything we did. Everything you've done. Everything we've all done. It's just cos you wanted to do it. I can think of great reasons afterwards but it would be dishonest."

Gillian: [laughs]

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Rock Family Trees 'And God Created Manchester' on BBC Four 
A welcome repeat for 'And God Created Manchester', the episode of Rock Family Trees, the show based on the books by Pete Frame, dealing with the Manchester music scene and especially Factory Records, Joy Division / New Order and Happy Mondays this Friday at 9.10pm on BBC Four. Features interviews with the participants and archive footage of the bands.

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14 Jan 2005
New Autumn Thieves CD released 
Autumn Thieves, the NYC-based band with a heavy Factory Records influence, are proud to present their self-titled first proper recordings. Retailing at $5 (US) and $7 (worldwide), post and packing included, the first 25 copies come in a numbered handmade custom sleeve.


Rachel's Underground


Decline And Fall

Memory Before Memory

Stormy Clouds

Cry The Sea

Please email Andy Durutti for further info.

Autumn Thieves on the web: autumnthieves.com, Yahoo Groups, MySpace

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13 Jan 2005
Terry Christian on why Bez should win Celebrity Big Brother 
Terry Christian explains on the BBC website why he thinks bookies' favourite Bez should win Celebrity Big Brother. According to Terry, Bez is "a top bloke; genuine, polite, funny... always interested and interesting with a natural humility and very zen - he genuinely does live in the moment."

Read the full article.

Ian Curtis biopic 'Control' on BBC Northwest Today 
BBC Manchester featured a piece by Kate Simms on the forthcoming Ian Curtis biopic in its regional BBC Northwest Today show broadcast on 10 January 2005. Writer Matt Greenhalgh said that Ian Curtis "was definitely one of the godfathers of the city, and to be able to write a film - a Hollywood film at that - about it is just great." Tony Wilson remembered Ian as "the character whose head poked out of a fourth story window in London one night while he and the rest of his band were raining eggs and flour and water on me and my group trying to get into a van where they'd 'jammed' the door handles."

Read the full transcript.

Thanks to Kate Butler at the BBC.


12 Jan 2005
South-east Asian Tsunami benefit gig: 'Love from Manchester' 
News just in from Ticketmaster about a big benefit gig for the victims of the South-East Asian Tsunami to be held at the Carling Apollo Manchester on Sunday 30 January 2005 and featuring Elbow, I Am Kloot, The Durutti Column with the hint of further big acts to be confirmed.

"We have just confirmed the following show; please call 0870 401 8000, click onto GetLive.co.uk, or call into the Palace Theatre (Oxford Road; 10am-6pm, Mon-Sat) or the Tourist Information Centre (Albert Square; 9am-5pm, Mon-Sat), to book tickets.

Manchester's best live music Venue has got together with it's best musicians to show our solidarity with the victims of the South-east Asian Tsunami and raise much needed funds in the process.

Love from Manchester is the brainchild of local musician John Robb and artiste manager Gary McLarnan, who have used their extensive combined contacts within the local entertainment industry to pull together an amazing bill of live music and DJs. Already confirmed are Mercury Music prize nominees Elbow, local heroes I Am Kloot, influential Factory Records veterans the Durutti Column and on the 1's and 2's Graham Massey (808 State), Andy Votel (Twisted Nerve) and The Earlies. At the time of writing some VERY major local artists are confirmed but for contractual reasons are unable to be named......

All parties involved from the artists, venue and production companies down to ticket agents are donating ALL profits to the Disasters Emergency Committee Tsunami Relief Fund.

Tickets are £15.00 and available now from 0870 401 8000 and ticketmaster.co.uk

Clear Channel Entertainment

Carling Apollo Manchester

Stockport Road

Ardwick Green


M12 6AP


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11 Jan 2005
Promotional - New Order group photo 
The NME has a new group photo of New Order, the first to feature new permanent member Phil Cunningham.


10 Jan 2005
Transcript of the Ian Curtis biopic press conference 
The (nearly) complete transcript of the press conference held last Friday to announce the launch of the upcoming Ian Curtis biopic is now available. The event has been widely reported in the media including BBC News, ManchesterOnline.co.uk, NME and the website of Aidan O'Rourke [includes photos]. Film reports were also aired on Granada Television in the North-West over the weekend and on BBC North-West today. It is also covered on Joy Division Central.


Six new release CDs now in stock at LTM 
The following new release CDs are now available from LTM:

Revenge - LTMCD 2413 'No Pain No Gain (Live 1991)'

Blaine Reininger & Steven Brown - LTMCD 2431 'Live In Lisbon 1989'

The Field Mice - LTMCD 2419 'Snowball' ; LTMCD 2421 'Skywriting' (2CD); LTMCD 2423 'For Keeps'

Dead Cowboys - LTMCD 6610 'Twin Evil Stars'

Full details on LTM News.

LTM's James Nice says: "As usual, all can now be ordered direct from LTM ahead of the store release date. If you have already pre-ordered, then your copies will be with you very shortly!"

Thanks James.


7 Jan 2005
Anton Corbijn to direct Ian Curtis biopic 
Details have just been announced about the long-awaited movie about Ian Curtis. Legendary photographer and film-maker Anton Corbijn will handle direction duties with Deborah Curtis and Tony Wilson co-producing alongside main producers Todd Eckert and Orian Williams. The script is being written by Matt Greenhalgh based on Deborah Curtis's book 'Touching From A Distance'.

The project has the working title 'Control' (which was Anton Corbijn's idea). The working title on imdb.com is 'These Days'.

No decision has yet been taken on who will play the lead role. Todd Eckert explained the that they are "in dialogue with certain actors that you know" and that there is a "universally open field". They have some "specific ideas" of what they want and "would love a local actor". The producers Eckert and Orian are the only Americans involved in the film. Todd also stated that certain actors have been suggested, but that Deborah Curtis has turned them down. He acknowledged that it is a difficult job as the lead actor has to satisfy all those involved, remaining members of Joy Division / New Order and everyone who knew him. No actors that have been approached have turned them down.

The film will be shot largely on location in Manchester with the possibility of some European locations.

Co-producer Tony Wilson said: "All music films are shite. The miracle of 24 Hour Party People was that it didn't go wrong. Todd and Orian are not the usual movie people fucking up music. Joy Division were NOT from Manchester.

Todd Eckert added: "The idea of Joy Division as the 'ultra dark experience' is totally false. It was all about energy. This is the job of the film." He said everybody wanted to convey the honesty that was contained in 'Touching From A Distance'.

Writer Matt Greenhalgh said that he was "Proud (to be involved) and that Ian Curtis was God. He knows that he has a lot to live up to and quipped that "It's best to have producers with American accents".

Producer Orian explained that it was his idea to do the film and that he has been awaiting Deborah and Natalie Curtis's trust.

Here is the rough production timetable:

Screenplay - end of February

Casting - March/April

Finance - Cannes in May

Pre-production - July

On the music side, Tony Wilson wants Moby still, but Moby is regarded as a 'pariah' by the producers. They are approaching various other bands to do cover versions of Joy Division tunes for inclusion in the film. They will be given a song and just 'a couple of days' to record it. No bands that have been approached have turned it down.

Other snippets that emerged included the revelation that Ian Curtis was a Manchester City fan. Wilson didn't know this but it was confirmed by Deborah Curtis. Wilson's glad of Corbijn's involvement as he can get revenge on Rob. For years Wilson thought everybody hated the Atmosphere video, but only found out last year that it was actually only Rob who hated it and that the rest 'loved it'. Malcolm McLaren has done a 'mix' of Joy Division's 'Love Will Tear Us Apart' and Captain & Tennille's 'Love Will Keep Us Together'. Wilson played it to the assembled at the press conference. Finally, Wilson maintains the favourite name for New Order (before New Order) was 'Happy Valley Dance Band'.

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Aziz Ibrahim to support The Durutti Column on tour 
Aziz Ibrahim (ex-Stone Roses and Simply Red guitarist) is The Durutti Column's special guest for their forthcoming shows in Leeds, London, Stoke and Manchester.


6 Jan 2005
Ian Curtis biopic 
Watch this space...
Bez a housemate on Celebrity Big Brother 
The line-up on this year's Celebrity Big Brother includes broadcaster and writer Germaine Greer, former model and underwear empire chief Caprice, horse racing legend John McCririck, and, er, Bez out of Happy Mondays. When asked by Davina what he would miss most inside the house, the answer came 'ganja'.


New Order's new album titled 'Waiting For The Sirens Call' 
Warners have officially announced the title of the new album by New Order is 'Waiting For The Sirens Call' (the apostrophe is apparently deliberately absent) and it's scheduled for release on 28 March. The first single is 'Krafty' which is due out 14 March. No surprises in that Peter Saville is handling artwork duties.

Thanks to C for spotting this on NOOL


5 Jan 2005
New Order guest star on Gwen Stefani album 
LAWeekly.com has a review of the new Gwen Stefani album 'Love Angel Music Baby' which features a contribution from New Order on the track "The Real Thing" which it claims is easily one of the album's best moments and is "a mercifully irony-free nod to the synth confections once sneered at by critics and fans of "real" rock music. The chilled outlines of those songs were warmed from the inside by chords of melancholy."

Elsewhere, the NME has its version of the inside story on how New Order came to hook up with Stefani in the first place: "Singer Bernard Sumner said: 'She asked us (to write a song) but we told her that because we were in the middle of writing our own album, we wanted to keep the good songs for ourselves'. Undeterred, Stefani went away and wrote the track 'The Real Thing' in the style of New Order, which the band then came and played on."

Artist: Gwen Stefani

Title: Love Angel Music Baby.

Label: Interscope

Catalogue number: 2103177

Out: Now

Thanks to Paul and OMNY.


4 Jan 2005
Love Will Tear Us Apart up for Brit Award 
Love Will Tear Us Apart by Joy Division is one of 25 songs nominated for a new best song award at the Brits, BBC News has reported. Davina McCall unveiled the nominees on her Monday afternoon Radio 2 show and then asked listeners to vote for their top five hits.

All of the singles have been performed by a British act since 1977. The five will be named at the Brits nominations on 10 January and the winner at the awards on 10 February. The award has been introduced to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Brit awards. The longlist has been chosen by a panel made up of members of the music industry and media and it includes a wide range of musical genres. Voting is via the internet, text and telephone from 21-30 January to decide on the best song.

That longlist in full...

1. Heroes by David Bowie
2. We Are The Champions by Queen
3. Wuthering Heights by Kate Bush
4. Night Fever by Bee Gees
5. London Calling by The Clash
6. Love Will Tear Us Apart by Joy Division
7. That's Entertainment by The Jam
8. I Don't Want To Talk About It by Rod Stewart
9. Look of Love by ABC
10. Golden Brown by The Stranglers
11. True by Spandau Ballet
12. Careless Whisper by George Michael
13. Holding Back The Years by Simply Red
14. Sledgehammer by Peter Gabriel
15. Sacrifice by Elton John
16. Unfinished Sympathy by Massive Attack
17. Why by Annie Lennox
18. Fields of Gold by Sting
19. Kiss From A Rose by Seal
20. Wonderwall by Oasis
21. Angels by Robbie Williams
22. Yellow by Coldplay
23. Babylon by David Gray
24. Leave Right Now by Will Young
25. Dry Your Eyes by The Streets

Thanks to Paul.

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2 Jan 2005
New Order album title? 
The mooted title for New Order's new album which is due out in February is 'Waiting For A Silent Call' according to the new issue of Mojo magazine but this is unconfirmed. The album, which is "very guitary and quite diverse" was produced by John Leckie, Stephen Street and Tore Johansson. Phil Cunningham is also now a full member of the band.

Thanks to C / NOOL.


When Routine Bites Hard 
Check out David Costello's Peter Saville Graphic Design for an article by Paula Carson from the July/August 2004 issue of Graphis magazine.

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