7 Dec 2007
The Blue Monday of the Pie World 
Martin Dewey, founder of Square Pie, explains to Guardian Food why their seasonal Christmas Pie owes a debt to Factory Records. He says "We've being making this pie every December since 2002 and it's a customer favourite. It does take fair bit of time and works out our most expensive pie. We like to think of it as the New Order Blue Monday 12-inch of the pie world: doesn't make any money, but puts a smile on a lot of faces."

In the interests of rigorous investigative journalism, Cerysmatic has sampled one of said pies and can indeed verify their excellence!

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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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