14 Jun 2008
One feather at a time 
The FAC-2 Owners' Club interviewed John Dowie for Scream City 4. You can now read the music part of the interview on MySpace.

Similarly, David Nolan's article about Tony Wilson's day job is also now on David's MySpace site.

For the rest of the Dowie interview and all the other great stuff in Scream City 4 (Peter Hook, Stephen Mallinder, Vini Reilly, Sample Minds: Before and After A Factory Sample and more) you can still buy it on eBay for 2.00 GBP + p&p (Paypal only).

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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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