20 Dec 2007
Global mega-brand 
The paper version of the Manchester Evening News last week reported on Peter Hook's plans to 'take the spirit of the Manc club worldwide'.

Says the MEN: 'A worldwide merchandising deal has been signed to produce official Haçienda products like tee-shirts, CDs and posters for the first time. It also means no other club promoters or merchandisers can legally use the name'.

Of 'brand Haçienda' Hooky says: "Rob [Gretton] said it would be hot again one day and, just like he was with Joy Division, he was right. The Haçienda is very important to the people of Manchester and those who went there. I've come to realise what a huge part it played in a generation's life and also in Manchester's development. Now we're going to take the brand anywhere we can."

Be warned. Don't even point!

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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.

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