28 Jul 2009
There is a poster for FA 1 New Order / Ike Yard gig at the Ukrainian National Home, New York, 19 November 1981 which was filmed for the FACT 77 Taras Shevchenko video.

Until recently it was thought that the Factory America catalogue number didn't actually appear on anything physical. However, there was a poster which bears the "A FACT A FIRST" denotion. The poster design was a collaboration between Michael Shamberg and Ike Yard's Stuart Argabright. Stuart did the handwritten elements including the scrawled "NEW ORDER".

Many thanks to Mike Stein for his detective work and photography and to Stuart Argabright for shedding light on the history.

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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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