26 Nov 2005
Beautiful and Unsettling - Word's 20 Best (and Worst) record covers in history 
The December 2005 edition of Word magazine has an entirely subjective listing of the 20 Best and Worst record covers in history. Included in the best are FACT 10 Unknown Pleasures by Joy Division (designed by Peter Saville) and Black Grape's It's Great When You're Straight... Yeah! (designed by Central Station Design).

... and in the worst is Waiting For The Sirens' Call by New Order (designed by Peter Saville) [Word comments: "Shall I buy this?" "No". The original sleeve (featuring yachts) was binned after the Tsunami but that doesn't excuse this wretched will-this-do stopgap]

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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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