28 Aug 2007
Tony Wilson: A Tribute 
A half-hour tribute to Tony Wilson was broadcast in Granadaland on Monday night (27/08/07), one week after his funeral.

Written & Produced by Ged Clarke and narrated by Lucy Meacock, the program was based in part on the earlier Granada 24HPP documentary and the recent Granada tribute interviews, but with additional material from Richard Madeley and Judy Sullivan ("It seems like some sort of celestial mistake has been made"), Paul Ryder ("His boots are, like, size 40 million...who's gonna fill 'em?"), Oliver Wilson ("He was just never going to stop") and Bob Greaves ("He was The One. With a capital T and a big capital O").

The title music was, of course, 'Anthony' by Durutti Column.

The program has not been made available online, thus far. [Update: programme now available via itvlocal.com/granada]

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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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