1 Jun 2005
New Happy Mondays discography site now online 
Several years after Factory Records Limited first said: "and by the way, the one thing really missing from the e-world is a site devoted to one of the finest bands in the history of rock and roll and or civilisation - the Happy Mondays. It will be tough for us to get it together but if some nerd who did too much e is out there, a geek who knows that 'Kinky Afro' is the finest musing on parenthood since Yeats's 'Prayer for my Daughter', and he wants to put a little baggy (no longer an insult but a reference to the rolling rhythms created when mid 80's Detroit met Little Hulton) HTML up there, Factory will give support and content, endlessly. The web's wonderful except no Mondays. Please help and we'll help you." - the wait is over. Check out Sebfact's brand new A Happy Mondays Discography which has just launched. It features the complete works broken down by albums, singles, videos, compilations, soundtracks and mixes. Nice one. Top. Sorted.

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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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