23 Oct 2007
Missing Link 
Factory Records to Rammstein in three steps:

1. Lavolta Lakota
Lavolta Lakota release 7" single on Factory Benelux. Produced (studio and live) by Be Music (Peter Hook). Following a brief stint by (ex-Stockholm Monsters) Shan Hira, Mike Simkins becomes the second Lav Lak drummer.

2. Boys From Greece
'Mike Simmi' joins goth band BFG. With two albums and various other recordings released on the Attica label, BFG "help define the goth/industrial sound", before splitting in 1991.

3. Rammstein
"18 months ago Attica had an email asking if BFG had any new material as were looking for a support on their World tour".

BFG are recording a new album, 'Pulling Wings From Butterflies', and their eighties single 'Higher Than Heaven' is due to appear in the Record Collector "Top Twenty All Time Goth Hits" chart.

For John and Amy.

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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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