30 August 2004World of Pain
9. The Durutti Column 'The Return of The Durutti Column' "All Factory acts were press-ganged into glueing this this sandpaper sleeve by hand; the bulk by Joy Division's Ian Curtis. It was soon re-issued in a standard sleeve after retailers moaned that the sandpaper damaged other records in their racks." Which was the point in the first place.
10. New Order 'Blue Monday' "Peter Saville's floppy disc-inspired design was inspired by the computer-dominated music. However, the sleeve was so expensive that each copy of the biggest-selling 12" single ever sold actually cost the band and label money. The sleeve was simplified at each repressing."
28 August 2004The graphic grab
The media coverage of the forthcoming Communicate exhibition at the Barbican continues with another illustrated Rick Poynor article in today's Guardian.
Thanks to Conor.
Dermo on the Silent Partners Messageboard explains: "We will unfortunately not be playing this gig, due to unforseen circumstances. The night will still be going ahead, and I'm sure it will be a great night. I'm sorry if any one has bought tickets especially to see us, but the cancellation cannot be helped. We will definitely be playing Get Loaded at Turnmills in the near future. Hope you understand."
27 August 2004Declaration of Independence
The following extracts mention both Peter Saville and 8vo, two of the most important designers for Factory Records:
"The generation of designers that had arrived in the late 1970s on the coat tails of punk had exerted enormous influence both on the look of graphic design and on conceptions of how and where design might be used and the ways it could address its audiences. Peter Saville has received a great deal of credit in the last year for his contribution to these developments, but at the time it was Brody, enthroned at The Face, who was the more outspoken and influential figure, rapidly achieving international renown. Although he is slightly overlooked now, Vaughan Oliver, based at the independent record label 4AD, provided another luminous example of the sort of graphic vision that it was virtually impossible to achieve ensconced with the commercial mainstream."
It goes on: "The designers who made the running from the late 1980s - 8vo, Siobhan Keaney, Why Not Associates, Cartlidge Levene - followed by 1990s start-ups such as Jonathan Barnbrook, Graphic Thought Facility, Tomato, Fuel and North were able to operate in a communications landscape that was much more aware of the possibilities of design. They could work for a more varied range of clients than just record labels and style magazines."
Communicate: British Independent Graphic Design since the Sixties
16 September 2004 - 23 January 2005
London EC2Y 8DS
Tube: Barbican, Moorgate
Box Office: 0845 121 6828
26 August 2004Get on one
This month's special DJ guests are Queens of Noize (making their Turnmills debut). Plus there'll be Shaun Ryder, Kav, Poss, Cutz, GIG and Aron. Expect indie, dance, funk, hip hop, northern soul and breaks and Happy Mondays.
There are live bands too - Happy Mondays' drummer Gaz Whelan will be showcasing the talents of The Panics - signed to his Australian label. And Silent Partners will be playing the T2 room.
Limited advanced tickets are now on sale priced £5 exclusively through
Ticketweb hotline: 08700 600100.
Doors open @ 8.30pm
Get Loaded at the Bar!! 2-4-1 on selected drinks 8.30-10pm
Only £5 Guests / £4 NUS
Want more on Get Loaded In The Park? There's a review and photos at VirtualFestivals.com and keep checking getloadedinthepark.com for the full photo gallery which will be available shortly.
Thanks to the Turnmills e-FLyer.
Scorching Bay (60:43)
w/ The Inner Line (60:06)
BlackBox BBM 1082
23 August 2004Early
The afternoon's entertainment on the main stage featured DJ's as varied as Mike Joyce and Andy Rourke ('The Only One I Know', 'Love Will Tear Us Apart', 'Fame'), Arthur Baker ('Dance To The Music') and Graeme Park ('Voodoo Ray', 'Bango Bango').
Tony Wilson came on stage saying that in half an hour he would be introducing the greatest English poet over the age of 20 but that now he was introducing the four greatest English poets under the age of 20 - RAW-T - the new act signed to his Red Cellars label. This was very brave because for the next 15-20 minutes his new charges were roundly booed and heckled. Their brand of 'grime' MC-ing did not please 15,000 fans baying for Happy Mondays. The talent and the tunes were definitely there though.
And so, after a brief interlude, the return of Happy Mondays to the stage. Unfortunately it was about 10 minutes after their return to the stage that the music actually began due to a technical hitch. Once things did get going it was a good show with birthday boy Shaun on form and Bez wearing some bizarre headgear. After each number Shaun seem very pleased announcing: "Fookin' ell we didn't fook it up!". He also (somewhat incorrectly it has to be said) declared: "Happy Mondays are sponsored by EasyJet".
All the hits were present and correct including Kinky Afro, Step On, Hallelujah and a mighty closing WFL. The Reverend Black Grape was also thrown in for good measure. And Shaun got nearly all of the words right too!
Check out the photo gallery and full setlist here.
22 August 2004Epochal
Shaun on the Happy Mondays back catalogue: "It has been years since I listened to some of our old songs. I was listening to Mad Cyril, and I had to ask Tony what it was! I could tell it was us, but I’d forgotten it. It were good, too. I don’t know why I thought it was shit when I wrote it."
There's also a short guided tour of Kevin Cummins's finest Mondays photos [in the printed 'Eye' version of the article only] including a great Cummins anecdote: "Tony introduced me to Shaun by saying: 'Kevin's photographed the Sex Pistols and Ian Curtis'. Shaun goes: 'So what? They're fuckin' dead!' I asked what they wanted, and they said: 'We want our picture taken with Rambo.'"
A footnote to the article says the the first single by Raw-T on Red Cellars (F4 Records) will be released in September.
21 August 2004Sunshine and Love
From The Guide: "The Stone Roses may have had the tunes, but under the guidance of Shaun Ryder, Happy Mondays did greater things, straddling the divide between dance and rock music and creating a musical language entirely their own".
20 August 2004From Wigan Casino to the Hacienda
From the MDMA website: "The aim of the seminar is to listen to the views of the public and the music industry. We want to hear how best we can serve other archives, libraries and museums. This is your opportunity to tell us what MDMArchive should be."
You can register for the seminar and/or the mailing list using the online form.
Entitled 'Soundtrack' it "takes you on a journey through city madness of recycled beats and soundscapes finding yourself on the streets of a 4am Tokyo". You can purchase and download the whole album with exclusive artwork directly from Urbanite.
1. Reason I Feel Like An Alien
2. Hulme 1980
6. See The Stars
9. You Got Your Dreams
11. Alien Space
19 August 2004PSA website
18 August 2004In vision
17 August 2004The Visual Language
The exhibition will open to the public on 16 September 2004 and run through till 23 January 2005. Following this, the exhibition, with the support of the British Council will enjoy a major Far East tour to China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan before returning to the Barnsley Design Centre in Yorkshire.
There will be more than 600 exhibits from album covers for New Order and Primal Scream, identities for BBC 2 and Big Brother, Biba and Paul Smith, magazines including OZ and i-D, posters for CND and the Anti-Nazi League and websites for The Guardian and Donnie Darko.
Communicate: British Independent Graphic Design since the Sixties
16 September 2004 - 23 January 2005
London EC2Y 8DS
Tube: Barbican, Moorgate
Box Office: 0845 121 6828
Admission £8/(£6 conc) for both exhibitions
The catalogue to accompany the show is priced £27
16 August 2004Dazed
Where Was I?
13 August 2004Damp squib
Moist, the unnamed punter in the article, reveals a tad more about the event and would like to make the point that it was most definitely not a gig: "I'm afraid Madonna never actually 'played' at the Hacienda. She, and two lycra-clad muscle men, were filmed for 'The Tube' miming and dancing their way through a backing tape of 'Holiday'. This is known in the music business as a PA, not a concert, and involved no backing band and certainly no singing.
"She was reputed to have 'played' again when the filming of 'The Tube' finished and the club re-opened for the usual Friday club night but, apparently, she did nothing other than sit in the dressing room being chatted up by various dodgy Mancunians.
"It has always been a mystery to me as to who invented the myth of a Madonna concert and why it has lasted so long. I'd be interested to hear how many people tell you otherwise - they are mistaken or fibbing."
12 August 20042410-2418 AD
LTMCD 2410 'Mysteries of America / Colouring In The Edge and the Outline' [Tracklisting: Home, Pandora, Paris, Bonds of Love, Isn't That So, Tamper With Time, Bead/9.15, "Oh Beautiful…", Dust, Luck, Clouds of Joy, Tyranny (Of Your Company), 88, Perfect Day (No, He Says), Always Always, Stand Apart.]
LTMCD 2418 'Dreamback (Best Of)' [Tracklisting: Rhythm, Summer (7"), Take That, Caught, Zanna, Time For Us, She Walked, Tempting, Lake, Hammer, Luck, 88, Bonds of Love, Tamper With Time, Dreamback, Land of my Dreams.]
Also available: Winston Tong LTMCD 2382 'Theoretically Chinese'
As ever, all new CDs may be ordered ahead of the store release date by direct mail order from LTM. Just email them to place your order.
11 August 2004The Best of The Durutti Column
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10 August 2004Single-minded electronic disco energy
Crossfade: A Big Chill Anthology
Edited by Pete Lawrence and Vicki Howard
Published 22 September 2004
ISBN: 1 85242 875 9
List Price: £12.00
Category: Culture & Music
09 August 2004Aural Drug
The album also features 'Riding' by Thick Pigeon from the CD Miranda Dali [LTMCD 2381] and 'Caught' by Anna Domino from the CD Anna Domino [LTMCD 2397]
Release date: 23 August 2004
Available to order: DarlaShop.com
Thanks to Crispy Ambulance: The Aural Drug for info.
Particularly interesting is the part where Tony explains why his new label is called Red Cellars and not Factory 3: "My partner asked me if I minded if we didn't use the Factory name this time- like Factory 2. I told him: 'I wasn't bothered'. So he came up with Red Cellars - which was fine and even finer when he explained he took it from the same paragraph that Rob Gretton got the name Hacienda from - so I rather liked that connection."
Thanks again to Moist.
Thanks to moist for spotting this gem in amongst the BBC's summer schedule.
08 August 2004Feed me
05 August 2004The Durutti Column on the radio
Incidentally, Tim Booth was on the same show last night and played three tracks live ('Wave Hello', 'Down To The Sea' and 'Please Fall In Love With Me'). You can catch the audio replay for the next week through the Radio 2 website.
The page for the gig on the Bridgewater Hall website will also shortly be updated to indicate Online rather than Offline booking is available.
04 August 2004Special guests
There will be DJ sets from Graeme Park (Hacienda), Peter Hook (New Order), Clint Boon (Inspiral Carpets), Sean McCluskey, Arthur Baker (both 'Return to New York'), Andy Rourke & Mike Joyce (The Smiths) and The Farm.
I Swear I Was There Stage
Twenty Four Records have just added The Others, The Long Blondes, Ian Seigal and Ratdog.
Get Loaded Stage
Electronic female act band Client, Australian band The Panics (signed to Gaz Whelan’s Little Big Man label), plus 8 unsigned bands: Trap 2, Emma Chamberlin, Silent Partners (Dermo - ex-Northside's new band), Junk TV, Greg Gent, Ivory, Bugfly and Little Barrie presented by Cold Medina.
Get Loaded In The Park
Sunday 22 August 2004
12 noon - 10pm
There are now less than 2,000 tickets left on sale and these will probably go soon. Tickets are on sale now exclusively through Ticketmaster, priced £15-25. Please go online at or call the "Get Loaded in the Park" 24 Hour Ticketmaster number on 08700 601801. More info at: www.getloadedinthepark.com
Shaun, Bez and Gaz will all be DJing at the Official Get Loaded in the Park Warm Up Party, alongside Kav and the Space Cowboy at Turnmills.
Thursday 5 August 2004
Offers: 2-4-1's on all drinks at bar from 9pm
Thanks to the Get Loaded In The Park e-flyer.
03 August 2004Monumental
Web: Bridgewater Hall (online booking not available for this show)
Tickets for the show are £12.50 to £16.50
Box Office: +44 (0)161 907 9000
Fax: +44 (0) 161 907 9001
Or by post: The Box Office, The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, M2 3WS
02 August 2004Silent Partners
Friday 17 September 2004
270 Mare Street
Info line: 020 8533 0111
Box Office: 0845 070 1571
Tickets also available through Ticketweb and other outlets.
1. 'True Faith' by New Order - dir. Phillippe Découfflé (Loads of people in funny costumes dance and bounce around to the music interspersed with the band performing. Won the BPI Award for Best Video in 1987. New Order still performed it live on Top of the Pops.)
2. 'Love Will Tear Us Apart' by Joy Division (One Door Closes.....)
3. 'The Perfect Kiss' by New Order - dir. Jonathan Demme. This was shot in New Order's rehearsal room in Cheetham Hill. They got a 24 track mobile studio in to record the music - it was played live. The two blokes that appear unannounced are Andy Robinson, now part-manager of New Order with Rebecca, and Slim, now 'Door Manager' at the Manchester University Student Union. For some reason everyone thinks the appearance of Slim in the video is, in fact, Arthur Baker. It isn't. The Perfect Kiss went on general release in the cinema as a support picture to Stop Making Sense, Jonathan Demme's seminal concert film of Talking Heads.
4. 'WFL' by Happy Mondays dir. The Bailey Brothers
5. 'Step On' by Happy Mondays (The 24 Hour Party People website article on The Bailey Brothers tells the story: For the shoot of the 'Step On' video, the crew shipped out to Barcelona. Locations were set for the five day shoot. Everyone was ready, but the band wasn't there. "We were waiting in Barcelona for the best part of four days, without having heard anything from anybody in terms of when they were going to turn up." recalls Keith. "They turned up to do the video at 3 o clock on the last day we were in Barcelona. We had something completely different planned, obviously, and we had locations that we were going to go to and we had this whole video planned out. With a day to go we were accepting that we were going to have to change that quite radically, and with three hours to go, we were literally thinking on our feet 'what's the only plausible thing we can do in the three hours?'" The promo was shot in and around the hotel they were staying at, with Shaun sitting on top of a huge neon E sign. The Director of Photography frantically tried to grab as much footage as possible as the sun set, but left feeling they didn't have enough footage. "We showed him the finished video and he loved it. We did tend to shoot lots of super 8, there was lots of other stuff around, not just the Super 16 camera going - so he was quite surprised that there was some other stuff dropped in.")
6. 'Confusion' by New Order (Ignore the crap subplot about the girls going to the disco. This basically shows you the early New Order mid dance-epihany in NYC and captures a pivotal moment, in a shoddy and amateurish way - so very Factory!)
7. 'Wrote For Luck' by Happy Mondays dir. The Bailey Brothers.
8. 'Shack Up' by A Certain Ratio (original Factory video for Palatine)
9. 'Bizarre Love Triangle' by New Order - dir. Robert Longo ("I don't believe in reincarnation because I refuse to come back as a bug or a rabbit!")
10. 'Run' by New Order - dir. Robert Frank, produced by Michael Shamberg
Honourable mentions to ... 'Nightshift' by The Names, 'Genius' by Quando Quango, 'New Horizon' by Section 25, 'The Smiling Hour' (Ann Quigley leaves work in Sunley Tower, Manchester and goes out for a drink at Corbieres) by Kalima, 'Sounds Like Something Dirty (Live on The Tube)', 'Back To The Start', 'Knife Slits Water' by A Certain Ratio, 'Lazyitis' (in prison where they belong playing footie in the pissing rain, Karl Denver catching pneumonia) by Happy Mondays, 'Here To Stay', 'Round & round', 'Shellshock', 'Fine Time', 'Blue Monday', 'Ceremony' by New Order, 'Laid' by James (strictly ex-Fac), 'My Rising Star' by Northside, 'The Missing Boy' and 'Domo Arigato' by The Durutti Column (the second one a long-form entry that sneaked in), 'Eat Y'Self Fitter' by The Fall (on an IKON video release), 'Get The Message' by Electronic, 'Talk About The Past' by The Wake.
Thanks to everyone who voted and also those who provided annotations. You know who you are.
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