13 Nov 2008
Hooktion 25 
Alex Staszko reports on all of the Peter Hook Section 25 Eurogigs from a fan's point of view:

"The 4 gigs got better after each one. The setlists were slightly different: Paris was much shorter, S25 only did 5, with a different encore. Hook didn't do Ultraviolence at the 1st 2 gigs. Poppyfields was played at 3 & at the last 3 afterparties (it went down really well in Brussels), Pottsy turned up in Paris.

"They played Looking From A Hilltop on the last nite. A lad from Brussels who was stood next to me & had been at 3 gigs said it was the best version he had ever heard!"

Check out Alex's Facebook photo galleries: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8. Cheers Alex.

Meanwhile you can join in the discussion about the Cerysmatic Factory Message Board.

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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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