19 May 2009
We're Fac, we were hacked and we're back! 
A malicious hack today left the site compromised and being reported by Google and other sites as a site which could "harm your computer". The swift action of Google in identifying the problem and my host ISP, 34sp.com, in restoring the site and locking it down to prevent a repeat has hopefully limited the potential damage caused by the unauthorised upload of malware. It may take a while for the alert to be wiped clear from all scanning sites and suchlike. Thank you for your forebearance.



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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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