7 Feb 2005
Death From Above 
According to the cover story in (The) WIRE magazine, the DFA label acronym stands for 'Death from Above' from Crispy Ambulance no less. DFA are from NYC, are the producers of The Rapture and are credited with kickstarting the whole neo punk-funk revival. DFA are James Murphy & Tim Goldsworthy. Murphy's side project is LCD Soundsystem (whom the article in question is largely about) whilst Goldsworthy used to be in UNKLE. Unfortunately the Crispies reference is not available online but you can read the full unexpurgated interview text. 'Death From Above' is a track on the album The Plateau Phase (FBN 12) originally released in March 1982.

Thanks to OMNY and the Crispy Ambulance Discography.



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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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