6 Nov 2013
A History of Facs in the Attic Parts 1-3 
A History of Facs in the Attic Parts 1-3

If you're wondering how much your Factory Records collection is worth or you're looking to fill in a few gaps you could should check out our ongoing Facs in the Attic series conceived and curated by Cerysmatic's guest star Paul Pledger.

Part 1 and Part 2 deal with Factory Records / Factory Communications Limited and then there's Part 3 which takes a trip to our friends in the Low Countries in the form of Factory Benelux and a bit of Les Disques du Crépuscule.

Watch out for further instalments...

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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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