10 Jan 2006
North West musical history on Michelle Around Midnight this Thursday 
This Thursday 12 January, Chris Hewitt, Trevor Hyett and Dr Seth Hague will be on Michelle Mullane's BBC GMR radio show, Michelle Around Midnight. They will be discussing political rock in the North West in the late 1970's, Rock Against Racism, Deeply Vale and how all this influenced later generations of North West bands. The selection of artists to be played should include Buzzcocks, John Cooper Clarke, The Fall, Ewan MacColl, Mike Harding, China Street, The Mock Turtles and Doves.

Thursday 12 January 2006
22:00 - 01:00 GMT
BBC GMR [95.1 / 104.6 FM]
or Listen Live via the web.


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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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