20 Sep 2005
Hooky on the Hacienda 
Peter Hook explains why he loves the Hacienda and DJing in general in an interview with the Manchester Evening News.

Meanwhile, New Order headline a special John Peel tribute gig at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on London's South Bank on 12 October. Also on the bill are The Fall and Super Furry Animals plus many others. However, there was very little advance notice of the gig and tickets have already sold out.

The next few weeks will be very busy for New Order. The new single 'Waiting for the Sirens' Call' is out in the UK this coming Monday and is swiftly followed by the retrospective dvd 'Item' and the compilation album 'Singles'. Not only that but 'Blue Monday' has also been reissued in the USA on 12" vinyl with a slightly-cheaper-than-original sleeve.

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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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