13 Nov 2007
Robert Booth in The Guardian reports on the plans of eminent architect Will Alsop for a huge regeneration of Croydon.

Where's the Factory connection there you ask? Fear ye not, for there is a quote from Peter Saville, the Creative Director at Manchester City Council, responsible for the, hush, rebranding of Manchester, and he says:

"All I know about Croydon is that you go through it on the way to Gatwick and there's lots of 1960s municipal architecture there. When you hear they are rebranding Croydon you can't help but smile in a cynical way. I am very sceptical about the notion of rebranding places."


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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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