1 Feb 2006
Peter Saville talks Manchester on 'You and Yours' 
Peter Saville was a special guest on BBC Radio 4's You and Yours programme this lunchtime where he talked about Manchester's corporate image in his capacity as Creative Director to the City Council. He starts off by explaining why the city's new slogan is no slogan at all:

"I think I've taken it more seriously than that. We don't believe advertising in the way we used to believe advertising. We don't believe slogans. If I see something that has to make such a claim for itself, then plainly it's not really achieved it. And also we're not talking about hair shampoo or breakfast cereal. I mean cities and communities are much more complex than that."

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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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