2 Feb 2006
Factory's four entries in NME's Top 100 British Albums 
There was a strong showing from Factory in the NME's "100 Greatest British Albums Ever!":

23. New Order: Technique
44. Joy Division: Unknown Pleasures
77. Joy Division: Closer
82. Happy Mondays: Pills 'n' Thrills and Bellyaches

For comparison, the June 2000 issue of Q had a 100 Greatest British Albums Ever list with #19 Unknown Pleasures, #31 Pills 'n' Thrills and #97 'Low-life' by New Order. This was followed in the July 2004 issue of Q had a 50 Best British Albums Ever list with Closer at 22 and Pills 'n' Thrills at 24.

In 1993, NME writers placed Closer at 20, Technique at 42, Unknown Pleasures at 43 and at #100, and voted by NME readers, it was Bummed by Happy Mondays.

Thanks to OMNY.

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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.

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