10 Oct 2006
Manicured Noise's Northern Stories 1978-1980 
Manicured Noise 'Northern Stories 1978/80'
Released: 30 October 2006
Label: Caroline True Records

A first ever compilation gathering together almost all this eclectic and always (FAC 1) Factory related act - giving a clear insight into an otherwise hereto unknown missing link in the Manchester music jigsaw.

Album artwork reproduces Fac 1 with kind permission of Peter Saville and also features a great 8 page digi-pack with rare pics and extensive cover notes by Steven Walsh of Manicured Noise.

With the first few copies (100) there is a splendid A1 poster that features Jon Savage's late seventies / early 80's pics of Hulme in Manchester and album artwork.

Available now pre-distributor release as follows:

10.50 GBP inc P+P to UK and free poster from jkertland@yahoo.co.uk (Paypal, all enquiries to the same address) or via snail mail (with Cheque / Postal Order in GBP made payable to John Kertland) to:

Gravel Hill Farm

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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...

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