30 October 2003Too Crazy Cowboys
A new Durutti Column T-Shirt is available featuring the famous Situationist Cowboys on horseback cartoon strip / poster which goes as follows (with thanks for Rob Stanzel's translation):
Cowboy 1: "What's your scene, man?"
Cowboy 2: "Reification*"
Cowboy 1: "Yeah? I guess that means pretty hard work with big books and piles of paper on a big table."
Cowboy 2: "Nope. I drift. Mostly I just drift."
*Synonyms for "Reification" (courtesy of dictionary.com): exemplification, expression, formation, incarnation, inclusion, incorporation, integration, manifestation, organization, personification, realization, structure, systematization.
The shirts come in black and white in sizes M/L/XL/XXL and are available by mail order (no CC) from Kooky Records.
29 October 2003A Gentle Sound
The album features acoustic versions of classic Factory-era tracks from Reunion Wilderness including A Gentle Sound, Brighter, Big Hands of Freedom together with post-Fac favourites and the tracks from the aborted Skinship single.
27 October 2003Miserablists in mourning
First the Bango: Another great track played by The Unabombers at Fabric was 'Bango Bango' by Todd Terry from the album 'To The Batmobile Let's Go'.
And now the Quango: A 13 January 2003 new release announcement by Piccadilly Records in Manchester stated this about that Love Tempo remix.
"Quando Quango / Night Moves : Love Tempo / Transdance - 12" £7.99 - Benelux Records: 210-002. This US booty 12" from new label 'Benelux' features a couple of beauties for retro-future beat hunters. 1983's "Love Tempo" by Quando Quango was a Factory classic from Mike Pickering and Hillegonda Rietveld, so beloved by Larry Levan that it led to them playing live at the Paradise Garage that same year!
Night Moves "Transdance" was a New Wave piece of disco from the same year that earned much underground play in NYC and the fledgling house scene in Chicago. It's not too difficult to sense the influences these tracks have over Metro Area today."
26 October 2003Sort It Out
Also, check out the 'Kill 'em all, sort it out!' t-shirt worn by Bernard Sumner in this old pic from the Melody Maker.
25 October 2003Kill 'em all
24 October 2003A Certain Ratio live at Fabric, London tonight
Check out Arthur and Harry plus Ken Dodd and relive the launch party which attracted Reni from the Stone Roses, Neil Tennant, Andrew Berry (hairdresser to the stars), Bernard Sumner, Johnny Marr, 808 State's Graham Massey and Northside.
22 October 2003Lookalike
Are they by any chance related? I think we should be told?
Both feature black and white photos of a dark-haired, good looking woman and a red stripe/band (or two in the case of Texas). On closer inspection they are indeed related as the photographic duties on both fell to Juergen Teller.
21 October 2003Vini in Paris
20 October 2003Defekted
Various members of the group are seen on the streets of Manchester, dancing to a busker's music (before stealing his earnings!) and then getting chased down the Rochdale Canal round the back of the Haçienda before having a 'dance off' on the hallowed Haçienda dancefloor itself. A few vidcaps from this video are presented here.
17 October 2003Speedway vs The Durutti Column
16 October 2003From Cerysmatic Factory With Love
1. Fact 45 Always Now by Section 25: Quite possibly the all time classic piece produced by Factory. Designed by Peter Saville.
2. Fact 75 'Power Corruption and Lies' by New Order: Along with the die cut Fac 73 'Blue Monday' sleeve, the first New Order covers of pure genius by Peter Saville.
3. James at Riverside Studios 12 May 1985: James had just finished a UK tour supporting The Smiths (who covered one of James's songs) this was great gig.
4. Haçienda 4th birthday poster by 8vo 1986: A stunning design assembled as a collage of many pieces of coloured paper.
5. New Order at Fac 51 the Haçienda Wednesday June 10th 1987.
6. Fact/d 144 'Domo Arigato' by The Durutti Column: A favourite 8vo sleeve for the video and compact disc of Durutti's Japanese concert.
7. Fac 318 'Classics In Motion' at Fac 51 The Haçienda, 16 October 1990: To celebrate the launch on October 29 of their five new releases on the Factory Classical strand 1990 there were five showcases, in Glasgow, Manchester and London. The Manchester involved The Durutti Column and Steve Martland. Classical music on the Haçienda dancefloor.
8. The artwork and advertising for Fact 275 'Technique' by New Order 1989: Factory turns into an advertising behemoth! Inserts in the NME, giant billboard posters, headed notepaper all featuring Peter Saville's dazzling artwork
9. Fac 211 Wired documentary: Short television documentary centred around the re-release of Joy Division's Atmosphere and the Subtance 1989 compilation. Particularly splendid for featuring Alan Erasmus being interviewed whilst wearing a construction worker's hard hat!
10. Fac 281 'The Area': An afternoon's shopping in Manchester was not complete without a visit to the Area which was tucked away in a corner of Manchester's Afflecks Palace. Fiona Allen, who doubled as box office person at the Haçienda was always game for a chat over the latest Factory developments and a choice range of goodies was on offer. Prenez Votre Desirs indeed.
15 October 2003Labelled with Love
1. The menstrual egg-timer: "By Linder. We never actually did it, but it was there..."
2. Re-doing the vocals for 'Love Will Tear Us Apart': "We were always going to do this when 'Ian got back from America', but of course he never went. We had to re-do the vocals electronically, using the originals."
3. 'Lazyitis': Because it's a round, you know, like a folk round."
4. The Disorder Party: in the basement of the Haçienda after New Order had played G-Mex, December '88.
5. Danny Kelly's review of the Pale Saints at the Town & Country Club (Aw shucks - Ed): "It said that the Pale Saints were OK but after Top of the Pops that same night, when the Mondays and the Roses had been on together, who gives a fuck. The wheel of history, I believed and the review said, had turned on..."
6. The first Acid warehouse party in Manchester, 1988: "In a metal box warehouse near Piccadilly Station. A very hypnotic moment."
7. A Certain Ratio at Hurrahs in New York.
8. Talking to Peter Saville about art: "A constant throughout the 12 years, still happening now."
9. Paul Ryder ringing after Elland Road and thanking me for shouting at the Mondays: "I shouted at them for fucking up America, for all behaving like dicks. They thanked me because they said that sorted them out for Elland Road and Elland Road saw them go from an arena band to a stadium band."
10. A sunny morning driving to London having just taken delivery from Martin Hannett of the mixes of 'Closer' and ACR's 'Flight': "That was just a great moment."
14 October 2003Cool As ****!
Incidentally, a) are there any New Order tribute bands? and b) are they any good?
13 October 2003South Central Reign
So begins an NME article on Central Station from back in 1990 which deals with their early days in Art College, onto designing the early Happy Mondays and which centres on their exhibition 'Hello Playmates' of gaudy portraits of characters from British cultural folklore which ran in Manchester and then London at the time.
Their recent outings have been for Matt and Pat's brother Pete (who wasn't in Central Station) who teamed up with Shaun Ryder, Shane Norton and Stephen Mallinder to spectacular effect in Amateur Night In The Big Top and for Gorky's Zygotic Mynci whose album Sleep/Holiday was released in August and whose single Mow The Lawn came out last week.
10 October 2003Haçienda that
Of course when Factory folded some bands like Happy Mondays and A Certain Ratio had got wind of the imminent demise and they made sure they had either extricated themselves from their "deals" or (in the case of ACR) removed the master tapes from the Factory offices. 'Cos when the receivers moved in they took possession of everything...
Johnson / Panas, the moniker of Trevor Johnson and Tony Panas, were responsible for some classic A Certain Ratio and Stockholm Monsters covers plus one-offs like Fac 281 The Area and the Madchester Christmas card.
The Johnson / Panas page is newly endowed with goodies and the Central Station one is mildly enhanced.
09 October 2003Space Monkeys in Hollywood
As an aside, I believe I am correct in saying that the Space Monkeys are completely different from Space Monkeyz (sometimes also seen as Space Monkeys) who remixed the Gorillaz [Flash required] album under the title Laika Come Home. If anyone knows otherwise, please let me know...
08 October 2003Extra-curricular
Another Factory funkster playing outside of the box is A Certain Ratio's Jez Kerr whose 24 Hours project has new recordings available on cd and mp3 (though the 'listen' links on the website don't work) via Urbanite.
07 October 2003Tears In Their Eyes
Read the full review.
06 October 2003Post Pills 'n' Thrills
Palatine comprised 4 individual albums detailing different aspects of the Factory catalogue. It is named after the long time home of Factory Records, 86 Palatine Road which is in West Didsbury, Manchester.
Fact 314 Tears In Their Eyes chronicles the early days with Joy Division and Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark.
Fact 344 Selling Out, the commercial singles days.
And inbetween, 'Fact 324 Life's A Beach' the influential dance acts like Quando Quango and 'Fact 334 The Beat Groups' the pop combos like Stockholm Monsters, Miaow, James.
This page will expand and forms part of the ongoing Factory History.
Now I'm really looking forward to the Manchester show on 13 December.
It's from issue number 58 and the pic of Cath (aka Myrna Minkoff and other aliases) is now included.
05 October 2003Hardcore Is More Than Music
Photographs of the event can be found on the Crispy Ambulance official website.
The flyers can be found here.
03 October 2003England Made Cath Carroll
The album was recently re-released on LTM so now is the perfect time to revisit the World of Cath.
Room One: A Certain Ratio (live), James Lavelle, Queens Of Noize, Howie B, Unabombers, The Guvnors. Price £12 (£10 Nus)
Advance tickets available from TICKETWEB
Unfortunately the A Certain Ratio / Martin Moscrop set at Aquarium had been removed from the bill at late notice. Despite the disappointment it was still a good night there and at Cocomo, 333, Herbal and Catch 22.
The wristband entry scheme allowed free access to all the clubs even though the little-advertised on-the-night price hike from 12 to 15 pounds was a little rich! Looking forward to this event coming to West London in the future...
02 October 2003Pills and (some) thrills
Presented in Maconie's inimitable style it was very entertaining even if it didn't make any earth-shatterring revelations and featured contributions from Mani (Primal Scream, ex-Stone Roses), Martin Coogan (Mock Turtles and Steve Coogan's brother), Miranda Sawyer (natch), Jon Savage, Bez, Shaun Ryder, Anthony Wilson, New Order's publicist, Graham Massey (Biting Tongues, 808 State, Tool Shed), Clint Boon (Inspiral Carpets, Clint Boon Experience) plus Hooky and Bernard Sumner from New Order.
01 October 2003Façtory
However, there is a flyer and an official website. Stay tuned.
Maconie goes back to the mid-Seventies and the Sex Pistols too. Fac afficionados will fondly remember Maconie's contribution to the seminal Madchester: The Sound of the North documentary by Granada Television in which he, James Brown (then both with the NME) and Pete Walsh took a tour round Dry 201 in Oldham Street, Manchester.
Post punk cult band The Names emerged in the winter of 1977-1978 as The Passengers, gathering immediate attention on the local Brussels scene. In 1979, after a series of successful gigs and a crucial step forward opening for Magazine, they recorded their first E.P. ("Spectators Of Life") and attracted the interest of prominent label Factory Records in Manchester.
Their first British studio session (at Stockport's Strawberry Studio) produced the single "Nightshift" / "I Wish I Could Speak Your Language (Fac 29). Receiving enthusiastic reviews in the UK and abroad, it marked the start of a long and fruitful collaboration with producer Martin Hannett. The album "Swimming" followed as well as more singles, including "Calcutta" and "The Astronaut".
- extract from the official website biography