8 Aug 2007
Underground magazine in Creative Review blog 
Underground magazine was a short-lived but highly influential (at least in graphic design terms) magazine which ran for 13 issues in the late Eighties. The Creative Review blog has an interview with its art director Rod Clark who, it turns out, once shared a flat with 8vo's Simon Johnston and they both shared Wolfgang Weinart as an influence. It would also have to be said that Underground was "a bit 8vo".

The copiously-illustrated piece includes a shot of the cover of issue 12 from March 1988 which features Ian Curtis from Joy Division.

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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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