17 Oct 2005
New Happy Mondays single 'Playground Superstar' out now 
After 13 years, Happy Mondays today release their long-awaited new tune, 'Playground Superstar'. It is the lead single from new film Goal! and has been given a full UK release.

The band also play three live dates at the end of October with support from The Farm and Stereo MCs.


Wed 26 - Newcastle (Carling Academy)
Thurs 27 - Birmingham (Carling Academy)
Sat 29 - Manchester (Manchester Evening News Arena)

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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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