6 Dec 2006
FAC 301 goodie bag 
Thanks to Ang for letting us in on what Factory employees were given on arrival at the FAC 301 International Congress:

- a blue plastic carrier bag with a Factory Records compliment slip stuck on it & each individual's name written on it in silver pen
- a World in Motion t-shirt
- a World in Motion hat
- a pen (rather disappointingly an ordinary biro from nearest shop and not some long lost rarity)
- a plain, white cotton napkin with the Factory label stitched on but not numbered

Other articles made for the event (replete with FAC numbers) were paper napkins and notepads.

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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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