6 Jul 2010
Shadowplayers competition winner 
We are happy to announce that Shih-Lun Chang is the winner of the recent Shadowplayers competition having been belatedly drawn out of the Cerysmatic hat.

A copy of Shadowplayers: The Rise and Fall of Factory Records by James Nice plus the Shadowplayers dvd and the Drastic Plastic reissue of Always Now by Section 25 will be on their way soon. The correct answer to the question was "William" (the name of Tony Wilson's Weimaraner).

Thanks to everyone who entered. We'll do it again no doubt.

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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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