25 Aug 2007
The Freaky Dancer and the Manchester Legend 
In an article entitled 'Madchester meets Dorchester' in the Manchester Evening News, Ian Wylie explains why Bez ("freaky dancer and Manchester legend") and journalist James Whitaker ("public school educated former royal correspondent") have teamed up to tour the Manchester's music hot spots. In return, James has enlightened Bez by taking him to Eltham Palace in London to learn about royal protocol and etiquette.

This is all for a new ITV1 series, 'Don't Call Me Stupid', the USP for which is to pair up celebrities with different interests and film them sharing their opponent's specialised subject, hobby or passion. The series begins on ITV1 on 4 September 2007.


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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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