9 Mar 2006
Less is more with Peter Saville 
mad.co.uk report on Peter Saville's ongoing work for Manchester City Council and M&C Saatchi. His other recently work includes designing trainers and tracksuits for Adidas and being creative consultant to Danish soft furnishings design company Kvadrat.

Saville explains his current situation thus: "... I no longer have the burden of a consultancy and because my initial work reached many young people at a formative stage in their lives in the powerful package of pop music. So I am now widely known to a cross-section of people, who are now grown up."


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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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