26 Apr 2005
Grafik on Central Station Design in Lyon 
The new edition (#128) of Grafik Magazine has a small piece on the current Central Station Design exhibition in Lyon as part of Nuits Sonores 2005. As the article says, the exhibition features "the graphics of Happy Mondays, and the succeeding Black Grape oeuvre" plus the "ersatz pop-art portraits" of Hello Playmates.


The same issue has a review by Hamish Muir (ex-8vo) of the exhibition "You Are Here" which is currently ongoing at the Design Museum in London.


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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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