19 Jul 2008
30 John Dalton Street, the building that once housed musty record shop Rare Records - one-time workplace of shop assistant Ian Curtis - has undergone a GBP 4 million refurbishment to become Ithaca - a bar/restaurant aimed at 'high net-worth individuals'.

Though not without being touched by the hand of god: objections by Canon Dennis Clinch of nearby 1848 church St. Mary's 'the hidden gem' (venue of Tony Wilson's funeral service) have restricted Ithaca's opening hours to 01:00 am rather than their requested 04:00 am (more on this at manchesterconfidential.com).

A pale imitation of the John Dalton Cafe - with Krug Clos Du Mesnil at a mere GBP 1000 per bottle.

Step inside...



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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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