30 July 2006So, farewell then, Top of the Pops
New Order refused to mime, played 'Blue Monday' live and in the words of Steve "it sounded awful". But at least they had the balls not to mime.
Happy Mondays went down in legend by appearing on the same show as The Stone Roses. He recalls how a madcap plan to swap the bands' respective drummers nearly came off but was rumbled by the BBC.
24 July 2006Vini Reilly and Helen Farley-Jones to play charity gig
Tickets priced 12.00 GBP (which includes 2 free drinks) are available from the Waterside pub, by telephone on 0870 046 6655 or online at www.bigbenefits.org
19 September 2006
20:00 til late
The Waterside Pub
22 July 2006Section 25 live at Camden Underworld, 11 November 2006
The full details are:
Sat 11 November 2006
174 Camden High Street
Tel: 020 7482 1932
Doors open: 19.00
19.30-20.00 - Shadowplayers (excerts from LTM postpunk 78-82 Documentary)
Kevin Hewick - 20.15-20.45
Section 25 - 21.00-22.00
Ticket price (GBP) 10.00 in advance selected outlets and Ticketweb www.ticketweb.co.uk and 12.00 on door
20 July 2006Durruti (sic) posters for sale at Christies Books
Thanks to JC for spotting.
15 July 2006A Certain Ratio live @ MOFO Festival, Saint Ouen, 25 June 2006
Thursday 27 July
Skinny Wolves Club @ The Hub
23/24 Eustace St
12 July 2006The Second Durutti Column Subscription Group CD
The final tracklisting is:
2. Adore Me
3. New Start
4. It's Your Love Baby
5. French Opera I
6. Guitar Piece 1989
7. Detail For Paul - Demo
8. Conduct / Sketch For Winter - Demo
9. We're Gonna Keep Playing It Til We Get It Right
Further to the recent announcment that filiming has started on Control, it is worth noting that the producers have
invited Joy Division Central visitors to become extras in the film itself.
11 July 2006Filming starts on Ian Curtis movie 'Control'
Filming finally started yesterday on 'Control', the new movie being directed by Anton Corbijn.
'Control' spans the last few years of Ian Curtis’ life leading up to his tragic suicide in 1980. It charts the struggle between his enduring love for his wife and his burgeoning relationship with his girlfriend, his decimating bouts with epilepsy, his incredible talent and his all consuming performances with Joy Division.
Ian Curtis - Sam Riley
Deborah Curtis - Samantha Morton
Annik Honore - Alexandra Maria Lara
Bernard Sumner - James Anthony Pearson
Peter Hook - Joe Anderson
Stephen Morris - Harry Treadaway
Rob Gretton - Toby Kebbell
Anthony Wilson - Craig Parkinson
Selected Production Crew
Director: Anton Corbijn
Producers: Orian Williams, Anton Corbijn and Todd Eckert under the production company NorthSee
Executive Producers: Becker International, EM Media, Warner Bros Music UK, Film I Vast, Cinema Investment Japan in association with Three Dogs and a Pony and Kate Ogborn
Co-Producers: Peter Heslop, Deborah Curtis, Anthony Wilson and Helena Danielsson from Hepp Films
'Control' has a studio and production base in Nottingham, with location filming taking place in both Nottingham and Macclesfield.
10 July 2006OMD Architecture and Morality Tour postponed
"Due to unforseen circumstances, the planned Autumn Architecture & Morality gigs have been put back to next year. Apologies to all those that have eagerly waited to attend, but the rescheduled dates will now take place early in 2007. More details on dates and venues will be posted up in due course.
Meanwhile, the band will be rehearsing again in the Summer for the 2007 shows.
Read a new interview with Andy McCluskey in the second issue of Scream City which is out now.
07 July 2006Steve Martland / Endymion live @ Purcell Room
The small stage was filled with which he described as a "tomb" later) with grand piano, marimba, drums, electric bass, electric guitar, violin, trumpet, bugle, trombone, and 3 (count 'em) saxophonists.
Programme highlights included "Kick", originally written for Euro 96 (no idea why that was included ;-) though Martland made a cheeky comment that he was glad England didn't make it to the semi-final because there would've been a bit of divided loyalty from the audience, not least from your correspondent) and "Beating The Retreat", written as a response to the Criminal Justice repetitive beats legislation and commissioned by the BBC.
Martland does not play, preferring to compose for others. He also conducts in a rather athletic, dancing style. Indeed, during the talk which followed afterwards (unbilled, except for in th programme) it came out that he plays the piano badly and is a frustrated dancer. Apparently, he had wanted to become a dancer as a boy but, Billy Elliott-style, he wasn't allowed to by his dad(!).
From the beginning, the talk took on some quite serious overtones, touching as it did on death and life (in that order I think). Martland, now an Italian resident, bemoaned the UK's classical music establishment and explained why pop musicians should never be allowed to receive government subsidies (and why he's never got any either!).
And so may it remain...
05 July 2006From deep in the heart of Cottonopolis
From deep in the heart of Cottonopolis, Carroll has produced 'Hank and Dollys' - distinctive Utility Ranch and Rodeo inspired creations (with a Rock 'n' Roll twist) for babies, boys and girls.
His stuff is already being modelled by Manchester's finest kids - fill yer toe tappin boots at www.hankanddollys.com
French speaking FAC fans are encouraged to check out the 'factory france v 1.0' website for a review of Section 25's recent gig at the Batofar in Paris. And non-French readers can attempt a rough translation whilst they enjoy the extensive photo gallery.
04 July 2006ESG 'Keep on Moving' - new album out now
The provisional tracklisting of the new cd is:
Heaven and Hell
... your love baby
French Opera I
Guitar Piece 1989
Detail for Paul (Home 4-track demo)
Conduct / Sketch for Winter
"... we're gonna keep playing it 'til we get it right"
The SECOND Subscription Group CD will be released in July (to be followed by a newsletter towards the end of 2006) priced UK: GBP 15.00, EUROPE: 17.00, ROW: 20.00 inc P&P.
However, existing members of the sub-group are entitled to purchase it NOW via MAIL ORDER ONLY at a reduced price of GBP 12.00 (inc P&P to anywhere in the world). Pre-orders are fine but delivery will be early July 2006. Order using Paypal - email@example.com
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