16 May 2008
Faç Off - the launch party 
Manchester's finest turned out for the party to celebrate the launch of the long-awaited Central Station Design Retrospective 'Faç Off' at Richard Goodall's new gallery space at the top end of High Street in the Northern Quarter last night.

Those coming out to play included Shaun Ryder, Paul Ryder, Bez, Mani, John Squire, Cressa, Terry Hall, Bruce Mitchell, Trevor Johnson, Dave Haslam and John Thomson. Central Station's Karen Jackson and Pat & Matt Carroll must have been very proud to see their work on display in such fine surroundings and in such good company.

When the drinks ran out we decamped to Matt & Phred's on Tib Street to continue the party with top notch sounds courtesy of Sam Carroll and his mate.

Big Cerysmatic shouts out to moist, Slim, Russ, Colin, Bruce, Alison, Dom Morrison, Nat, Stephen @ Salford Star, Adam, Sam, Karen, Pat and Matt.

Faç Off: A Central Station Design Retrospective continues until 21 June. Limited edition fine art prints are available to buy from Richard Goodall Gallery.

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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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