23 Apr 2006
From Italian Love Party to Autopilot 
1995 - FAC 2.01 A Factory Sample Too is released by Factory Too and features tracks by K-Track, The Orch, East West Coast and Italian Love Party. Peter Hook later complains that never got paid for releasing the last of these bands.

2006 - Ben Evans and Graeme Brooker (ex-Italian Love Party), together with Jasper Wilkinson are recording together as Autopilot and are set to release 'Smokescreens' on a compilation album due out in the summer on Timbreland Recordings out of Manchester (also the home to Josephine Oniyama, the singer who once supported The Durutti Column). Check out a preview of this track and another called 'All In Our Hands' on their MySpace site at www.myspace.com/iamyourautopilot.

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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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