30 October 2004
29 October 2004The Factory catalogue parts 17 to 24
[Fac 17, promised at the end of the September 1979 analysis is mysteriously omitted]
FAC 18 Section 25/"Girl's Don't Count". Reissued early December in 12" version. Horrendous sleeve courtesy of musicians. Nice collage though. S25, "most underrated ...... in the country" ....re K.Hewick. S25 also FAC BEN and video; next project for them, an album, recording February. Single 12" 45 rpm
FAC 19 John Dowie/"hard to be an egg" this has taken a long time to get out, but it has been worth it. Factory's first major assault on Radio Two. Secret deely sleeve concept. Of note: Hannett/Hopkins cello effects plus, Easter single tactic. Out late Feb early March.7" 45 rpm
FAC 20 "Too young to know...too wild to care". The film has become a video.. has become a series of surrealistic sketches. Will change again. No date No time.
FAC 21 The badge; April '81. Enamel and chrome "F" as in "fractured. Small. Black or maroon with silver/cream. Possibly. Contact Better badges, Jolly, Portobello Road..... and ask him about bootlegs. He can be embarrassed.
FAC 22 A Certain Ratio/"SFlight". Fine. Out now. Don't you feel bad about not buying FAC 5 when you had chance. Label on 22 was wrong due to consistent mind-changing over just what was the single track side. The one with the Bonne engraving IS "Flight". 12" 45 rpm
FAC 23 Joy Division/"Love will tear us apart" Available in 7" or 12". Sound quality on double B-side much better on 12". Obviously.
FACT 24 A FACtory Quartet/The Durutti Column, Kevin Hewick, Blurt, the Royal Family and the Poor. Double album.. Bit late; sleeve delays, lots of embossing. Four very different approaches to the idea of saying something. Vini&Kevin may do joint 4-set gigs in New Year. Blurt doing something for FAC BEN next and the Royal Family may get into xxxxxxxxxx. O.K. 2@ 12" 33 rpm
Thanks to Sebfact for transcription.
"How Sean got his happy mondays, tuesdays... X Factor contestant Rowetta used to sing with Happy Mondays. During the group's heyday Sean Ryder got massively addicted to phone sex lines, and ran up thousands of pounds worth of bills for Factory Records.
To try and keep costs down Factory supremo Tony Wilson got Rowetta to call Sean and talk dirty to him at least four times a day instead."
Mainly non-Fac but contains a brief mention of his latest job producing New Order's new album.
Thanks again to Mike on Faclist for spotting.
28 October 2004Vinyl Revival
Well done Colin! Of course, if you're in Manchester, why not visit the shop itself at 5 Hilton Street in the Northern Quarter.
27 October 2004Beautiful Losers
Each print has been published in an edition of 200, numbered and signed by the artists. Iconoclast Editions is proud to offer prints by the following artists as Part 1 of the Beautiful Losers Portfolio: Mike Mills, Ed Templeton, Chris Johanson, Harmony Korine, Jo Jackson, Tobin Yelland, Terry Richardson, Cheryl Dunn, Geoff McFetridge, Cynthia Connolly, Ari Marcopoulos, Rostarr, Craig R. Stecyk III, Glen E. Friedman, Evan Hecox, Andy Jenkins, Wes Humpston, Ryan McGinness and Henry Chalfant.
The Beautiful Losers Portfolio will be complete when Part 2 is published and available in February 2005 in conjunction with the exhibit's Opening at the Orange County Museum of Art on February 5th, 2005. Each print measures 16x20 inches and is available individually as well as a complete set. The first 30 [Numbers 1 through 30] of each edition will be offered only as a complete Beautiful Losers Portfolio. The complete Portfolio will include a print by each artist, packaged in a custom box with a signed and numbered Title Page.
Wasted space is... , 2004
Handmade silkscreen and pencil on soft white acid free archival paper
16 x 20 inches
Edition of 200
Numbered and signed by the artist
Published On The Occasion Of The Exhibit "Beautiful Losers: Contemporary Art and Street Culture", 2004
Thanks to the Iconoclast mailing list for info.
Many thanks to Iain for all his help in getting this off the ground.
26 October 2004John Peel
Here is a selection of Factory bands spanning 3 decades that recorded Peel Sessions: Joy Division, New Order, OMD, Happy Mondays, Section 25, The Wake, Crispy Ambulance and Hopper.
25 October 2004We call him Massey
Read the full article here.
More Manchester music news from the BBC available here.
22 October 2004Questions of Doom
Thanks to Mike Stein on Faclist for the link.
Don't forget that in case you missed it on Sunday, Channel 4 is repeating its UK Music Hall of Fame programme tonight at 11.40pm.
21 October 2004He couldn't resist
19 October 2004No Pain, No Gain
Title: No Pain, No Gain (Live 1991)
Format: 1CD (14 tracks)
Catalogue number: LTMCD 2413
Release date: 7 February 2005
LTM also has the following new CD titles in stock (as usual, you can order any of them direct from LTM ahead of the store release dates):
Paul Haig LTMCD 2408 Rhythm of Life / New York Remix
Severed Heads LTMCD 2404 Rotund for Success
The Room LTMCD 2416 In Evil Hour/Clear
Also in the works at LTM are two new dvd releases. The Wake (Live at the Hacienda and Section 25 (A SXVV DVD) are slated for release early next year. More details soon.
Thanks to James at LTM.
18 October 2004Get Loaded Presents
Shaun 'n' Tony will be on stage from 7.30–8.30pm, answering questions from the audience and having a general debate about all things music, plus reflecting back on the heady days of the Happy Mondays in their prime, Factory Records, the Hacienda, 24 Four Hour Party People the film and alike. You can send in your questions in advance.
XFM's Shaun Keaveny presides before Kav kicks off the indie/dance/northern soul/funk/breaks soundtracks behind the decks from 8.30pm.
Following on from his opening appearance, Tony Wilson will be spinning his all time Top 20 tunes. He likens the experience to "being your personal iPod for the evening, carefully selecting and programming a series of music into a particular order to make people dance".
Shaun Ryder / Shaun Keaveny, New Order's Peter Hook, Inspiral Carpets man Clint Boon and complete the DJ line-up.
Thursday 4 November
8.30pm - 3am
5 / 4 (NUS) Entry
2-4-1s at the bar (7.30-10pm)
FACT 14: The Durutti Column; 12" LP 33 and a third. Instrumental album by (as in composed/played) Vinny Reilly and Gordon Smith guitar. Produced by martin hannett, to be issued in Mid October in sandpaper sleeve plus Flexi disc test card by M.Zero. Confusacritic time.
FAC 15: 'Zoo meets Factory half way': Leigh open air pop festival, Bank Holiday Monday, Aug 2 '79. Poster and event. CChaos, Distractions, ACRatio, Teardrop OMITD, Echo and B.? Joy Division. 'A staggering event'(Ss) 300 White on black posters; all put up.
FAC 16: A Certain Ratio; four track demonstration/seven tracks; featuring post-modern funk classic, 'Flight' For possible release(200) on cassette. Lateoct.
FAC 17 & 18 & 19 & 20 & 21: see next issue. Fraternal greetings to jean-pierre Turmel, the Scala, City Fun, Final Solution, Naylor's abrasives, KTIM SF, Greg Shaw, Jurgen Kramer, Uncles Savage / Morley / Penman / Gill / Middles / Bell and of course Uncle John, and Auntie Mary, and Andy Schwartz, Printed Noise, Ed Bahlmann, Zercom/Pacific/R.T./V.W./ and everybody else without those valiant efforts we would never have been able to hire a lawyer. The only alternative to the spectacle becomes the spectacle of the alternative. Discuss.
Vote for Joy Division here.
The show is repeated at 11.30pm on Friday 22 October on Channel 4.
16 October 2004UK Music Hall of Fame
Title: UK Music Hall of Fame
Channel: Channel 4
Date: Sunday 17 October
Time: 9pm - 11.10pm
15 October 2004Change the record
It all depends on who's twiddling the knobs, says Dorian Lynskey in the Guardian Review's entertaining article on the history of the remix to coincide with the imminent release of Depeche Mode's Remixes 81-04.
The paper also compiles its Top Ten Mixes which features New Order's Bizarre Love Triangle (Shep Pettibone Extended Dance mix) ["The go-to guy of the 1980s remix scene (Madonna, Pet Shop Boys, Run-DMC) gave New Order one of their biggest US hits."]
Other choice entries include Paid In Full (Coldcut's Seven Minutes of Madness mix) from 1988 and My Bloody Valentine's Soon (Andrew Weatherall mix) from 1990.
14 October 2004The Durutti Column
- thedurutticolumn.com should at last get secure payment processing next month, definitely by the end of the year.
- the subscription group (which was started to raise funds for the secure site) newsletter (paper copy) is due out late November; the first cd has already been issued.
- there may be some Durutti badges made, since they're enjoying an 80s-style revival in the UK.
- a new album is due to be recorded soon; as usual there will be signed copies available online when it emerges.
- Tempus Fugit sold out its first pressing, but more are on the way.
- there is an advert for The Best Of The Durutti Column in the November issue of UNCUT magazine.
13 October 2004Crossfade: The Big Chill Anthology
Time: Wednesday 13 October, till 12 Midnight
Venue: The Big Chill Bar
Address: Dray Walk off Brick Lane, London E1 6QL
Tel: 020 7392 9180
Nearest tube: Liverpool Street
Read Gonnie's draft of House Music: The Haçienda Must Be Built
12 October 2004This is Entertainment
Title: Doublevision Presents; Cabaret Voltaire
Catalogue number: CABS18DVD
Tracklisting: Diskono, Obsession, Trash part 1, Badge of Evil, Nag Nag Nag, Eddie's Out, Landslide, Photophobia, Trash part 2, Seconds Too Late, Extract from Johnny YesNo, Walls of Jericho, This is Entertainment, Moscow
Thanks to C and OMNY.
11 October 2004Undone
Fac 20 A Certain Ratio Too Young to Know, Too Wild to Care: A film, never made, which was to feature most of the Factory roster, but mainly A Certain Ratio and The Distractions attempting various forms of terrorism around Manchester, kidnapping Ian Curtis and blowing up Joy Division. (Soundtrack was to be by The Durutti Column). Shareholder's statement: "The film has become a video...has become a series of surrealistic sketches. Will change again. No date No time."
Fac 27 Sex Machine Alternative Sleeve: An alternative sleeve for Fac 17, but never issued/completed. This was an abandoned project for an alternative sleeve for Fac 17, but it was never printed. Fac 159 (Tim Difford's Fac Facts Booklet) states 'Cancelled Saville/Gretton revenge programme project for alternative FAC 17 sleeve. £200.00'. The Factory Shareholder's statement says: "£500.00. Rob's got it. Cancelled Saville revenge project for alternate Fac 17 sleeve."
Fac 101 (Tony Wilson's) Lofts: the visionary developer AHW's aborted plan to convert disused warehouses into loft apartments.
Fac 109 Caroline Lavelle Untitled: an unreleased 12" single. Caroline says: "I remember doing the Durutti Column and another few things for Factory and although I did undertake to do some recording under my own name I don't think anything came of it."
Fact 181 Bailey Brothers Mad Fuckers!: possibly the greatest unrealised project rumbled on from 1987 to 1992 and would have been a "youth exploitation" movie. Tony Wilson went to Hollywood to try to raise money for its projected £2.5m budget, an event which itself was Fac 221.
Fac 211 'Book of Ideas': mentioned in the Fact 400 Palatine booklet but never realised. Number also allocated to the Wired Joy Division documentary film.
Fac 237 New Order Here Are the Old Men: unreleased video concept whose proposed title plays on the title of the Fact 37 video by Joy Division.
Fact 254 Durutti Column Guitar One - House and Fact 264 Durutti Column Guitar Two - Acoustic: unreleased Durutti Column projects, presumably in the styles hinted at in the titles.
Fac 270 Various Artists Our Dance Days: a planned 1990 release to consist of Marcel King, 52nd Street, Section 25, and Quando Quango "House remixes" organised by Mike Pickering. The long lost never realised Factory Dance project in essence.
Fac 301 'First 50': a book to have been written by Ikon's Tim Chambers about the first 50 Fac numbers. Number also allocated to the Factory International Congress held at Mottram Hall, Cheshire.
Fac 342 Happy Mondays Charter Clinic
Fac 396 Two Guitarists Still Life: Unrealised Factory Classical project. The only missing piece from 226 to 406.
"Technically the composition involved limiting the amount of thematic material and using it in each track with as little incidental music as possible. Each theme could be transposed and used in part or in its entirety but had to maintain its exact rhythm and pitch intervals without variation. What had been melody in one track could form a bassline or motor rhythm in the next. So the first track contains all new themes; by the last track there is only material that has been used several times over."
On the album, John plays violin, guitar and piano in addition to the usual viola that he plays when he guests for The Durutti Column (whose Best Of album is out today - where are the reviews?).
FAC 11: Exodus or An Exodus; English Black boys; exactly that and it's also the title of the song; black youth anthem on 45 12inch. They come from Hulme/Moss/Range. Recorded at Cargo Rochdale in June; still waiting for Producer, Denis Bovell to mix it down; he's in the Bahamas this week; on holiday. Now he's got a reasonable economy ... will be released....when Denis gets back.... when?
FAC 12: The Distractions; 'Time goes by so slow' 7inch 45rpm B/W Pillow fight. Reminds the management of AAustinTexas 66 but take your choice. 'lyrical, sophisticated, dynamic'(NME)(who's paying this guy). Distractions are Manchester five piece who signed to island records on Sep 18th'79, due to irresistible desire to play the game. This single has sold out its first 4,200 (2,000 labels went down at the Factory..you've got problems) reprint and press under way even now. First release on Sep 1st '79. The boys and ? are evn now preparing to support the Undertones..thank you Asgard, and will be passing everybody's way in late October.
FAC 13: Joy Division;, 'Transmission' bw 'Novelty'. "Dance dance dance dance dance to the radio" but will they. I.E. the radio one game. Out in Mid October, just in time to miss(by days) Joy Divisions country wide tour supporting Buzzcocks . All these supports/crutches/friends of mine etc. 'Novelty' is just that being the first song ever wrote two years ago. 'transmission' was prmiered, showcased even, on BBC)-2's "Something elsse" show on Sep 15th '79. Should Factory choose (that's another illusion) to play the chart game with FAC 13.....negotiations under way even now with big stall owners; J.Lydon;"we employ them..don't they understand". We're not sure they do;; further instalment next month.
09 October 2004Fully loaded
4 November sees a Factory triumvirate of Tony Wilson, Peter Hook and Shaun Ryder returning to Turnmills along with Clint Boon (ex-Inspiral Carpets).
07 October 2004Get Loaded
Title: Donnie Darko - Original Soundtrack and Score
Release date: 4 October 2004
Number of discs: 2
Catalogue Number: SANDD320
06 October 2004TX New Order
05 October 2004Tim Booth
2 - Lisbon, Portugal, Aula Magna
3 - Porto, Portugal, Hard Club
4 - Madrid, Spain, Moby Dick
5 - Barcelona, Spain, Razzmatazz 3
7 - UK, Glasgow, Cottier Theatre
8 - UK, Leeds, City Varieties
9 - UK, Manchester Northern College Of Music
11 - UK, London ICA
12 - Thessaloniki, Greece, Fix
13 - Athens, Greece, Gagarin 204
14 - Istanbul, Turkey, Venue Meslak
1. Sit Down
2. English Beefcake
4. So Long, Marianne
6. Getting Away With It (All Messed Up)
7. Lost A Friend
8. Once A Friend
9. Coffee & Toast
13. She's A Star
15. Out To Get You
16. I Know What I'm Here For
17. Lose Control (McGuire Mix)
18. Gold Mother
Title: The Collection
Release date: 11 October 2004
Catalogue Number: 9824088
01 Regret (New Order) Earl
02 On Time (The Bee Gees) Folks
03 Panic (The Smiths) Tricky Nixon
04 The Air That I Breathe (The Hollies) Ammo
05 Country Song (Happy Mondays) Sam Hammond
06 The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get (Morrissey) The Pioneers
07 The Light Pours Out Of Me (Magazine) The Obsession
08 Money's Too Tight To Mention (Simply Red) Blood Red Bird
09 I'm Not In Love (10cc) Escape Pod
10 Love Will Tear Us Apart (Joy Division) Hanky Park featuring Peter Hook
Hanky Park are (or were) a Salford band who have been a support act for New Order.
Title: 10 from 10
Release date: 1 November 2004
Label: Concrete Recordings
Catalogue number: CONC003 CD
Thanks to Moist.
04 October 2004Manchester District Music Archive
01 October 2004The history lesson (part iv)
Fac 6: Orchestral Manoevres in the Dark (sic); 'Electricity' & 'Almost' 7' 45 rpm. Cult hit, discos even. 5,000 in May'79 in black on black thermographed sleeves. Sold out. Record now licensed to Dindisc, Virgin's new label; to engage in the chart game as of Sep 28th '79. Necessity for licensing 'the best example of this to date'(NME) is regretted but the big stall holders seem to fill the square (chart shops) and subletting is an enforced activity. News; OMITD, both of them are about to signa major record contract, who with.... ask Chester Valentino. That's OMITD manager/mixer; he has changed his name. The boys are support on the Tubeway Army tour. Thanks, Gary; huh.
Fac 7: This is it; finished product will be thermographed grey on white onion skin paper, probably finished by 1981, maybe we can sell some.
Fac 8: Factory egg timer; menstrual art, designed by Linder (Secret Public,Ludus, Orgasm Addict montage) Still on drawing board; A four bar Abacus; 7 beads to the row final five, bload soaked lint; looking for a manufacturer. Perhaps on sale in inaccessible places by Christmas.
Fac 9: Factory Flick; 8ml film, 12 minutes. Based on article in City Fun fanzine by Liz Naylor, 'No city fun' Music by Joy Division; FAC 9 also includes All Night Party, a three minute Lelouch/Popeye is erotic 30's poses montage with music by ACR. Plus Red Dress, a cartoon/animation/unlive action 3 minuter to music by Ludus. These films were shown at the Scala Cinema, Tottenham Court Road, London on September 13th '79. A showing at the Manchester Factory is being planned; also shown at Scala was another 8ml film by Malcolm Whitehead (The first three are by Charles Salem all about guess who..JD..includes live footage of JD at the Bowden Vale youth club doing Shadowplay and She's Lost Control. FAC FLIK plans... tentative..include an all speaking film by Mr Whitehead a spy / thriller / Joseph Conrad / suspense piece by Charles Salem featuring an ACR soundtrack.
Fac 9 (cont): Also planned 'In search of the lost chord' by Salem and Naylor. An SF sojourn through the mathematics of western tonal mathematics. Music by M. Hannett (partner and producer of 5,6,2a,2b,10,13,14,Spiral scraaatch etc NB to NB on Fac 7 - 'sell some' - work on Lost Chord is held up for understandable misgivings on the part of Miss Naylor on the question of this all pervading concept of 'product'. She wants to know when we're going to market toilet paper. Good question. Next.
Thanks to Seb for transcribing duties.
Spotlight - Wim Mertens
Wim Mertens (born 14 May 1953) is a Belgian minimalist and contemporary-classical composer and instrumentalist.
His earlier work on Les Disques du Crepuscule was recorded under the name Soft Verdict, with key material that includes For Amusement Only (composed using pinball and arcade machines), Vergessen and Struggle For Pleasure, both of which contain several tracks used on the Belly Of An Architect soundtrack
Mertens's later material has typically been a mixture of solo-piano, vocal/piano and string/woodwind-ensemble recordings, some of which have included works comprised of multiple CDs and intricate repetitive cycles.
His key works, most of it initially released on Crepuscule then later licensed to EMI Benelux, include A Man Of No Fortune And With A Name To Come, Educes Me and Jeremiades.
Biography by Paul Pledger - with thanks.
Wim Mertens - Selected Discography