27 June 2008Tea-time Television
"Not sure if you’ve noticed but I’ve finally relented and been taken over pod-like by the Youtube Myspace virus. Early days but I thought I’d give a release to some of the lesser known bits from Ikon and the stuff ikonand is doing now.
The next few weeks will see some more stuff such as Clash of the Titans: Sooty vs Malcolm; Broken Family Band; my Daylight Hacienda video etc"
Videos posted thus far include:
FACT 125 Bessy Talks Turkey: "FACT 125 was given away as a promotional VHS gift Xmas 1984. Hosted by Hacienda VJ and raconteur Claude Bessy aka Kick Boy Face, the original title was 'Factory Video Hype'".
TV Wipeout - Operating Instructions: "'Life ain't no seminar'. The great Claude Bessy filmed by Malcolm Whitehead below ground at the Hacienda Manchester 1983. Featured on DV4 TV Wipeout from Doublevision."
Dub Sex Swerve: "Video made by Malcolm Whitehead at Ikon, taken from unreleased Dubsex project."
Lunge: "Sound and visuals by Brian Nicholson from his unreleased Ikon project In the Cradle (1994)."
Moonlight on the Highway: "Ikon celebrate the melancholy tones of Al Bowlly with Lew Stone and his band. What else is worth dreaming of? Brian Nicholson has fun with dingbats but ends up falling in with 30s British Dance Band. Where will it end?"
Case Closed: "Cut up with sounds lovingly spliced by Chewy Benson and visuals arranged by Brian Nicholson - Life Support Technician from Ikonand."
Stretchheads - The Overrunning of the Orifice Region: "Ikon favourite from the early 90s. Many thanks to Paul at Blast First and the band for such an entertaining weekend. Made by Malcolm Whitehead and Brian Nicholson."
A vidtonic for the post-euro/pre-season depression.
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