20 Aug 2012
John Dowie - An Arc Of Hives 
Influential early alternative comedian, writer and humorist John Dowie has his debut compilation album influential writer and humorist John Dowie out via the LTM Boutique label on 8 October. Dowie was a personal favourite of Tony Wilson and featured on FAC-2 A Factory Sample, FAC 19 'It's Hard To Be An Egg' and FACT 89 the 'Dowie' live video.

This remastered compilation CD includes pulls together those early singles plus unreleased demos recorded with the Smirks, Albertos and Fabulous Poodles, plus live material recorded in 1985. The cover art is by Ralph Steadman of FACT 89 fame.


1. Acne
2. Idiot
3. Hitler's Liver
4. It's Hard To Be An Egg
5. Mime Sketch
6. British Tourist
7. Jim Callaghan
8. Naked Noolies In The Moonlight
9. I Don't Want To Be Your Amputee
10. Mew Wave
11. Time Warp
12. Snail Tamer
13. Irritation
14. Beer
15. Grounded In Reality
16. Angry Old Men
17. Love You (Like Hell)
18. I'm Here To Entertain You
19. Miserable Childhood
20. Nietzsche
21. No More Fucking


Cat No: BOUCD 6630
Formats: CD + download
Released: 8 October 2012

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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.

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