28 Jan 2005
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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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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