3 Aug 2006
Peter Saville "remodels" the MTV Logo at the ICA 
darylstudio.com carries a report on the new exhibition at the ICA in London which features the efforts of eminent designers to remodel the famous MTV logo.

Peter Saville's "entry" consists of the original 'M' in its packaging, signed by Saville and returned with a note which says "I was as excited as everyone else by the advent of a fully-fledged music channel twenty-five years ago. My initial optimism faded though as the culture of pop began it's (sic) descent into pure entertainment. Corporately controlled karaoke is not very interesting to me, but then I guess that nothing sells like teen spirit. I would rather it had stayed in the box.."


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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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