3 Jun 2017
Something for the weekend 
Crawling Chaos FAC 17 alternate design

This is an alternative design concept for a flyer or other promotional material for the FAC 17 Sex Machine / Berlin single by Crawling Chaos.

It is not known whether this is related to work supposedly carried out by Stephen Horsfall as mentioned by Tony Wilson in "SAVILLE: The partner's story" or whether it could in fact be to do with FAC 27, the cancelled Saville/Rob Gretton revenge programme project for alternative FAC 17 sleeve.

Or it could be neither of the above but it definitely remains a curiosity when compared with the eventual artwork.

Crawling Chaos FAC 17 alternate design

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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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