27 Sep 2006
First Industrial 
As Manchester becomes a lot less military (new labour conference) and a little more Savillian, the man himself explains his 'original, modern' concept in this month's 'All About Manchester': "It's an artistic licence to first industrial. Manchester is the world's first industrial city. A chance conversation one night turned 'first industrial' into 'original modern'".
On that contraversial 'M' logo: "The M is based on parallel existences and their crossing points. But also, one day I saw the cranes across the skyline and I thought they looked like an M".
'All About Manchester' is a free 'monthly guide for visitors'. Unfortunately, as the publishers, Selini, have only four copies left from a run of 15,000, I am currently trying to find out where to get it from.
Original Modern is currently showing throughout Manchester city centre.



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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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