17 Jan 2011
Charnel Ground 
In the eternal battle between capitalism and popular culture, every little helps.

The list of sites of historical musical interest in Manchester that have been humiliated at the hands of developers determined to wipe out our musical heritage makes for sad reading:

The Squat (Warsaw, New Order): now a car park; The Russell Club (FAC1, FAC3, FAC4 etc): a housing development; The Rialto (Joy Division, ACR): a golden arched drive-thru; Manhattan Sound (The Smiths): an office block; International 2 (Stone Roses): a Turkish deli; The Hacienda (everybody else): a block of flats for twats.

Now, the final insult. The frontage of Fagins and Rafters - where Joy Division once Battled with the Bands - recently reopened as


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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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