4 Sep 2007
Nolan: Mr Confusion 
Saturday 1 September 2007 saw the Stockport launch of 'Confusion', David Nolan's officially unofficial biog of Bernard Barney Albrecht Sumner.

Among those in attendance at The Bull's Head pub were ex-Haçienda Ang Matthews, ex-Factory Tracey Donnelly, ex-Warsaw Terry Mason, ex-Crispy Ambulance Alan Hempsall and ex-Swing (the Haçienda hairdresser) family member Cath Berry.

Many thanks to three-piece (!) Joy Division-alikes 'Transmission' for the noises, David Nolan for the excerpts and Terry for the commentary.

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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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