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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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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