30 September 2007Ian Curtis - Rocker foudroyé
29 September 2007Degradation aplenty
"Ultimately this is an elegy not unlike James Young's smack-marinated Nico memoir Songs They Never Play On The Radio - but without the big laughs."
"As far as I'm concerned, it's a proper film about a real person. It's not just The Joy Divison Film."
27 September 2007New Wave City presents Joy Division and New Order Tribute
New Wave City presents
Joy Division and New Order Tribute
Saturday 6 October 2007
375 11th Street, San Francisco
2 Dance Rooms / 4 New Wave DJ's
IN THE MAIN DANCE ROOM:
A Tribute to Joy Division and New Order.
Dancing to the best of Joy Division / New Order music & videos and the rest of the best of New Wave all night!
Your hosts and DJs for the evening: Skip & Shindog Visuals & videos by: Altered Images
IN THE UPSTAIRS DANCE ROOM:
"Tony Wilson Room" featuring Factory Records & Manchester Bands like: The Smiths, Stone Roses, Happy Mondays, OMD, Oasis, Chameleons, and more with NWC resident DJ Low-Life & guest DJ Andy T.
9PM until 3AM
21+ with Valid ID
7 USD before 10PM / 12 USD after
Dreams Never End
Bizarre Love Triangle
The Perfect Kiss
Round & round
Waiting For The Sirens' Call
Love Will Tear Us Apart
Thanks to Bruce.
26 September 2007It's the swear...there bunch!
Coincidences abound: The Lesser Free Trade Hall became the victim of property developers (it is now a Radisson Edwardian Hotel), Pistols singer Johnny Rotten became a property developer; entry to the original gig on June 4th 1976 was GBP 0.50 pence, entry to the Arena gig will be GBP 37.50 pence!
Tickets will sell out on Friday 28th September 2007 at 9:30 am, via Ticketmaster.
"The cat lived in the basement in the early 80s - I presumed it was a stray. I seem to think it was either called Fred or that Fred was the person who fed it. It was never referred to as Fac 191 - we always referred to it as the Haçienda cat.
I also seem to remember Teresa talking about it so perhaps she cared for it. It was scruffy and sort of in between black & brown. The basement had a lot of tiny mice so it would have been ideal for a cat - I occasionaly found one (a mouse) pissed in the bottom of an upturned pint pot that had a little beer left in it. (I'm being completely serious here).
I'm not a 'cat' person so would not be stroking it but I don't think anyone would have thought it was cute looking. I don't know what happened to it - I expect a canal rat got it in the end. I never saw a photo of it and I don't believe that the photo in NME was the real one."
Thanks also to Dev, whose question, triggered Cerysmatic's feline investigations.
Conversations in Heaven
27 September 2007
The Griffin, Shoreditch (London)
Music that inspired them, their music that inspired others...
Come and listen in
Eminent DJs - Andrew Weatherall, Andy Fraser, Rusty, The Late Black Rob, Mole...
Spoken word and recitals by special guests on the night
From the dark comes the light
As a few people have been noting on the Message Board, there was an opportunity to obtain free tickets for advance screenings tonight of Control via the official movie site / Momentum Pictures / The Guardian. However, by the time we realised this, all the screenings had 'sold out' so there was not much point in announcing the offer. Thank you for your forebearance.
"Mr" Sinclair rose from the ranks of Salford University Federation of Conservative Students to become the SUSU Entertainment Officer in the early eighties. After a stint as an independent Manchester promoter (first gig Lavolta Lakota @ Deville's!) Colin invested in property: renovating a dilapidated Victorian school building and turning it into the Boardwalk venue (of Nirvana fame) and rehearsal rooms (home to ACR, Happy Mondays and Oasis).
After managing the The Railway Children's releases on Factory Records (FAC 162, FAC 167 & FACT 185) and the signing of A Certain Ratio to A&M, Sinclair eventually sold The Boardwalk building in the nineties before going on to "produce major televised events like the Commonwealth Games handover in Manchester in 1998 and the opening of the Welsh National Assembly in Cardiff in 1999".
25 September 2007John Metcalfe's Summer Round-Up
24 September 2007E U!
08 Paris, France
09 Lausanne, Switzerland
10 Cologne, Germany
22 KB, Malmo, Sweden
23 Rockefeller Music Hall, Oslo, Norway
24 Stravanger, Norway
25 Berns, Stockholm, Sweden
27 Vega, Copenhagan, Denmark
28 Train, Aarhus, Denmark
29 B1 Maximum, Moscow, Russia (Date TBC)
Design with a conscience: A forum event
Thu 25 Oct, 6-8pm
An opportunity to reflect on, discuss and debate the growing trend of sustainable and ethical design, with industry experts, including Peter Saville and Ben Kelly.
Design Lecture: Factory and The Haçienda…
Wed 14 Nov, 6-8pm
Urbis and D&AD proudly present a key note lecture from Peter Saville and Ben Kelly, two of the seminal designers responsible for creating a Manchester aesthetic which invaded the British high street in the mid 1980s. Its influence continues to be seen both there and across the world today.
Late Nights at the Haçienda: SINGLES NIGHT
Thur 15 Nov, 7 - 9pm
The outrageously fun Haçienda Singles nights uses the traffic light system of speed-dating and all attendees will be issued with red, green and amber stickers to indicate to others whether its 'all systems go' or 'easy tiger'! Join us under the mirror ball for games and good times...
Late Nights at the Haçienda: SILENT DISCO
Thur 13 Dec, 7 - 9pm
A creative performance event involving a DJ (spinning classic Haçienda tracks and some forgotten live stuff), headphones and some dancing. But no sound will be heard by all. Hence, silent disco baby. You have to see it to believe it.
23 September 2007Quiz Night
Obvious technical limitations mean we can't run the "name the artist and title" audio or video questions - nor can we re-run Frank Sidebottom's sublime medley of Manchester hits that constituted an entire round of its own!
Instead we have the twenty-one remaining text-based questions over two rounds with a possible twenty-seven points maximum score. This is for FUN only - so no cheating - and please do not email us the answers, which we will post next weekend:
1. Name the first DJ and the first live act at The Haçienda. (2 points)
2. Which famous spy was 'The Gay Traitor' bar named after? (1 point)
3. Give the name (or type) of two businesses that were run from The Haçienda during the day. (2 points)
4. Name the last DJ and the last live act at The Haçienda. (2 points)
5. 'Flesh' was the second gay night at The Haçienda. Name the first. (1 point)
6. The Pet Shop Boys used an artist's films as a backdrop at their Haçienda concert. Name the artist. (1 point)
7. Name the two resident DJs at 'Wide'. (2 points)
8. Name the three designers of The Haçienda trainers. (1 point)
9. What was the building originally used for before becoming The Haçienda? (1 point)
10. Name the person that co-promoted 'Flesh' with Paul Cons. (1 point)
1. Following closure, The Haçienda reopened with three new nights. Name them. (3 points)
2. Name either the author or the work from which The Haçienda name was taken. (1 point)
3. What was the name of The Haçienda's 1989 US tour? (1 point)
4. Name the band formed by Paul Morley and Trevor Horn. (1 point)
5. Name the building company responsible for The Haçienda flats. (1 point)
6. When Frankie Knuckles played The Haçienda on New Year's Eve 1996 was he paid:
a. GBP 5k?
b. GBP 15k?
c. GBP 25k? (1 point)
7. Who bought The Haçienda DJ booth at the auction (and then lost it)? (1 point)
8. A regular performer at The Haçienda, born Alexander Coe in Bangor, worked at Shelley's in the mid-eighties, now a superstar DJ. Who am I? (1 point)
9. Which internationally famous ex-Haçienda DJ started out as a chef at Dry Bar? (1 point)
10. What was the Factory catalogue number of The Haçienda cat? (1 point)
11. Which famous television music programme was recorded at The Haçienda in the mid-eighties? (1 point)
Many thanks to both Elliot Eastwick and Urbis for kindly allowing us to re-run the quiz.
22 September 2007Joy Division is not something that will ever go away for me
"One of my favourite moments was being an extra at the Bury riot gig scene of 1980. It felt strange shouting, "Fuck off!" at a pretend Alan Hempsall... I got caught up in the skinheads' fight and had a bruise on my foot for a month."
21 September 2007"a commercial company whose values were more Reithian than Lord Reith's"
20 September 2007FAC IT!
So it came to pass with the hastily assembled 'FAC IT' team - featuring your cerysmatic northern representative and artist Trevor Johnson - being cheated into third place and, thus, missing out on the prizes by a combination of incorrect 'official' answers, dodgy marking practices and our own amateur attempts at cheating!
Given that 'FAC IT' had blagged their way in without paying the GBP 15.00 entry fee anyway, the result was probably fair on reflection.
The eventual winners, 'FAC OFF', were treated to GBP 100.00 of books from the excellent Urbis shop.
"That's an awful lot of keyrings!" commented said quiz master, who was ably assisted by Timperley's own Frank Sidebottom.
Elliot has kindly allowed cerysmatic to run the quiz for ourselves. Stay tuned...
The Southbank Centre in London is hosting a Manchester evening on Friday 9th November 2007.
24 Hour party People?, curated by Manc-poet-in-residence Lemn Sissay, promises an evening of spoken word and music featuring Dave Haslam; Zoe Lambert; Terry Christian; Julian Daniels and Josephine Oniyama.
Tickets are available at GBP 8.00 (plus booking fee).
19 September 2007The Golden Age of I Fagiolini
- Official Soundtrack (listen to the first play of the soundtrack. Featuring exclusive cuts from New Order, David Bowie, The Velvet Underground, The Buzzcocks and Joy Division)
- Control Diary (the journey from Joy Division to the big screen)
- New Scene (the latest exclusive excerpt from the award winning screenplay)
Control is in UK cinemas on Friday 5 October.
18 September 2007When We Were Thin
WHEN WE WERE THIN: Music, Madness & Manchester
by CP Lee
URBIS EVENT - BOOK LAUNCH/ALBERTOS LIVE (on screen)!
12 October 2007
URBIS in the CITY CENTRE
ADMISSION - FREE!
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and how many people you want in.
17 September 2007War of the roses
featuring Happy Mondays
founder member Paul Ryder
++Support : The English Channel
& DJ someotherguy
Single Launch @
The Mint Lounge
46-50, Oldham St, Mcr
Thursday 27th September
Doors Open 8:30
Tickets : £6 www.ticketweb.com
Read director Chris Rodley's notes, watch outtakes featuring Tony Wilson, and much, much more.
The film is broadcast this Friday, 21 September 2007 at 21:00 on BBC4.
16 September 2007Like a combination of Scarface and Godard
15 September 2007My Word
There's a special tribute to Tony Wilson by Andy Gill, a special Control feature, a Shaun Ryder interview plus other bits and bobs.
14 September 2007Joy Division gets to the heart of the matter
Special mention is also given to Matthew Robertson (FAC 461) work on the graphic design of the documentary - "(his) system of graphic design can't be underestimated as a crucial component of pic's modernism."
13 September 2007Mondays for Manchester Central
Happy Mondays play Manchester Central on Friday 14 December 2007. The Twang, The Sunshine Underground support. Clint Boon DJs. Tickets are GBP 28.50 and are on sale on Friday 14 September 2007. Call the Box Office on 0870 060 1768 to book or click here.
ESG's Renee Scroggins said, "It's been a long career. We were able to play a good 30 years in the business. I'm just really tired right now. We love our fans, and we appreciate 30 years of support."
Meanwhile, cinematical.com has a downloadable Grant Gee audio interview.
11 September 2007When We Were Thin
The evening also features a screening of a film of the legendary Alberto y Lost Trios Paranoias (a group which also featured Bruce Mitchell of The Durutti Column) live in concert.
Admission is free. If you send an email to email@example.com with your name and how many people you want in you will get an email back and be promised a surprise gift on arrival.
18:00 - Doors
18:30 - CP Lee and some Berts do a ramble
19:00 - Screening Albertos In Concert
22:00 - Short reading plus book signing and more sights and sounds
He says, "The idea has been mooted by Oliver (Tony Wilson's son) - that was when it was talked about. And the thing is, for Tony, I'd do anything. So, I'm not ruling anything out - I never do really."
The film will be shown as part of the 2007 Electric Proms. The screening takes place on Sunday 28 October 2007, 16:45, at FreeDM Studio, The Roundhouse, Camden, London. Registration for free tickets opens at 12:00 tomorrow, Wednesday 12 September 2007.
Also, a BBC 4 website (exact address to be confirmed) is due to go online in the next few days and will have some extra interview material with Tony Wilson that is not in the film.
09 September 2007Peter Saville's Estate expected in October
Expected publication date: October 2007
Softcover, 210 x 270 mm
CHF 60 / EUR 36 / £ 25 / US 49
The Kooky Records Tenth Anniversary CD 'Once Upon A Time A Kooky', previously only avaiable free at the Kooky 10 birthday in November 2006, is being made available on general sale at mid-price. Yes, the last few remaining copies of this limited edition disc are being sold in record shops.
STOP PRESS: Buy it now direct from Kooky for 5.00 GBP
Billed as a conversation predominantly about The Haçienda, Morley quickly abandoned the usual format of talk-followed-by-audience-questions with the request that questions be asked at any point during the proceedings - which led to two hours of chat about every aspect of Hooky's career, only a relatively small proportion of which covered The Haçienda itself.
Although marred by the inevitable, occasional anorak question, a number of revelations followed:
- New Order have recently had a fractious band meeting (outcome not revealed).
- The upcoming 'remastered' Joy Division albums are not actually taken from the original album masters - which have been 'misplaced' - and so are slightly different mixes from the originals.
- Early TJ Davidson Joy Division could only afford six hours of rehearsal time per week (four on Sunday, two on Wednesday), and would usually write one new song per session.
- Transmission was written in the week preceding the Mayflower 'Emergency' gig.
- Sam Riley (Ian Curtis in the upcoming Joy Division film 'Control') and Alexandria Maria Lara (Annik Honoré in the film)have enjoyed a (ahem) close relationship.
- Hooky actually chose the artwork that the 'Movement' album cover was based upon due to Peter Saville having a headache.
- New Order lyrics - up to 'Technique' - were written by the whole band.
- Martin Hannett had difficulty coming to terms with the lack of an Ian Curtis in New Order, didn't seem to like the other band members' vocals and, on one occasion, made Bernard go through 43 vocal takes before being satisfied with the result.
Among the small audience on the night were Larry Cassidy (SXXV), Andy Spinoza (SpinMedia) and Twinny.
Many thanks to Andy Brydon for the guest list and Alex for looking after the camera!
FAC491, the (must see) Urbis 25th anniversary Haçienda exhibition, is showing daily, 10:00-18:00, until 17th February 2008.
The play is a parody of everything from X Factor and Fame Academy to Grease, Rocky Horror, High School Musical and, of course, School of Rock.
Songs include take-offs of U2 and Neil Young with Crazy Horse and a foolhardy attempt to cross Bon Jovi with Section 25.
Worth seeing for the sight of the dozen young cast members doing wild dance routines to Kevin Hewick songs alone SOHR's debuts at Leicester's Phoenix Arts Centre at 7.30pm on Friday 14 September and Saturday 15 September.
Tickets are GBP 5.00 (4.00 concessions)
More info on www.kevinhewick.co.uk
08 September 2007Tony Wilson obituaries in the music magazines
Steve Lamacq in Mojo
"Everything that Manchester's got today as a top rock 'n' roll metropolis is down to Tony Wilson," says punk poet John Cooper Clarke, who knew Wilson for 30 years. "He was a guy who had a lot of time for everybody. There was a guy who was in it for the music. The guy was a saint. He should have been minted."
Stephen Morris of New Order in Q Magazine
"When the news of his death broke, Manchester Town Hall flew its glag at half-mast. He'd have loved that. There ought to be a monument to him. Perhaps a statue with a Factory FAC catalogue number. Would New Order reform for a memorial tribute gig? That's not for me to say, but Tony's death certainly puts things in perspective. Life is too short."
Stephen Dalton in Uncut
He was a great catalyst, a champion bullshitter and a pretty terrible businessman. He was also a dream interview. "Don't print this," he once told me, "but all musicians are cunts."
"He saw himself as a patron of the arts rather than a record company boss," New Order's Bernard Sumner told me recently.
Tony Wilson was a smart self-publicist, sometimes a bolshie gobshite, often wildly and brilliantly wrong. But ultimately, he spent his career promoting the city of his birth and the talent of its citizens. A noble man and a true original.
04 September 2007Hooky's Second Life
The launch party for FAC 491 was also broadcast live on the evening, and is subject to regular reruns.
Go to www.secondlife.com and click on Urbis in the search bar on the right hand side. Membership is required.
Among those in attendance at The Bull's Head pub were ex-Haçienda Ang Matthews, ex-Factory Tracey Donnelly, ex-Warsaw Terry Mason, ex-Crispy Ambulance Alan Hempsall and ex-Swing (the Haçienda hairdresser) family member Cath Berry.
Many thanks to three-piece (!) Joy Division-alikes 'Transmission' for the noises, David Nolan for the excerpts and Terry for the commentary.
'This compendium showcases the extraordinary cutting-edge work of 100 of the world's most progressive graphic designers, from the hard-hitting political messages of Jonathan Barnbrook to the lyrical digital compositions of Peter Saville to the iconoclastic imagery of Stefan Sagmeister. Alongside the array of visually stunning and thought-provoking advertisements, CD covers, posters, packaging, websites, and corporate identities are texts by each designer expressing his or her individual approach to graphic design practice as well as personal insights into the motivations that lie behind the work. An accompanying introductory essay highlights the current issues surrounding graphic design practice, from the ascendancy of digital tools to the amorality of consumerism. By presenting a provocative survey of the latest, most experimental and forward-looking graphic design from around the globe, this exciting book provides a unique and totally unforgettable snapshot of where the discipline stands today and hopefully offers directions for its future.
Contemporary Graphic Design is absolutely essential to anyone interested in the power of images.'
Edited By Charlotte & Peter Fiell
Hardcover Plus Clear Plastic Wrap With Yellow Typo
19.6 x 24.9 cm
Cover Illustration: Peter Saville
Project: 'Suite For Adobe', Special Edition Marketing Poster 2003 (In Collaboration With Howard Wakefield)
Endpapers: Peter Saville
Project: 'Waste Painting #1 En Suite', Unique Iris Print 2003 (In Collaboration With Howard Wakefield)
Client: Paul Stolper Gallery
01 September 2007The missing link between The Beatles and Nirvana
"When I listen to Nirvana, I hear [New Order's] Ceremony bass line on quite a few of those songs. So I'd have to say, yes, we are the missing link between the Beatles and Nirvana." says Hooky.
"I'd agree with that," says Bernard.
"It's not for me to say whether we're the most important band since the Beatles," says Steve. "I just happened to be in a group whose music I loved. When you're doing it, there's no intent in terms of being historically important."
According to a fashion shoot entitled 'Closer Encounter' in The Guardian's Weekend supplement: "Joy Division's Ian Curtis was a trendsetter in more ways than one..."
Featured clothes include "Parka, GBP 245.00, by APC"; "Grey military shirt, GBP 210.00, by Burberry Prorsum"; "Trousers, GBP 200.00, by Jil Sander" and "Brogues, GBP 115, by Armand Basi".
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