11 Jul 2007
Mojo's 80 From the Eighties 
The August 2007 issue of Mojo magazine contains an '80 From The Eighties' supplement detailing the decade's 80 best albums. Factory Records inclusions are Closer by Joy Division, Low-Life by New Order and Bummed by Happy Mondays.

There are also new interviews with Shaun Ryder and Johnny Marr. Oh, and a screen capture of Bernard Sumner dancing to Fine Time on Top of the Pops.

Finally, no Eighties nostalgia trip would be complete without some button badges. There are five, including one of Ian Curtis.

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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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