16 Sep 2009
Colin Sharp 
We are sad to announce the death, following a short illness and a brain haemorrhage, of Colin Sharp, former singer with the early incarnation of The Durutti Column and author of the excellent Who Killed Martin Hannett? The Story of Factory Records' Musical Magician.

Colin was a regular contributor to the Cerysmatic Factory Message Board both in his own name and under various aliases including the much-loved Vera and Edna as in this choice exchange:

edna [ 2nd Feb 2006: 21:58 ] "Peter Saville has never worn a pair of trainers in his life! And I should know chuckie. Edna"

vera [ 14th Feb 2006: 17:36 ] "I saw our Pete in a pair of Reeboks a few years back. Right fetching he looked to. Vera"

Our thoughts are with Colin's family at this difficult time.

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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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