1 Aug 2007
Point Blank 
H has responded on his my space blog to the press statement released last week by the other two (ex?) members of New Order. Edited highlights:

"Never assume anything! This group has SPLIT UP!

You are no more New Order than I am! You may have two thirds but dont assume you have the rights to do anything NEW Ordery cos you don't. I've still got a third! But am open to negotiation.

Just in case you hadn't noticed weve not had a "PERSONAL" relationship for a long time now...years in fact! Whenever you contact me it's through the management. I did exactly the same.

You all knew what was happening re the split! in FEBRUARY! Using cannes and mojo as some excuse to at last get your own back is wrong.


See you in court! love hookyx"



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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...

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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