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  • seandodson 2:52 pm on January 2, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , mojo, , new order   

    You know you are getting older when your favourite musicians make it on to the cover of Mojo. Still I’ll be down WHSmiths later to get hold of this cover-mounted CD of covers from New Order’s Power, Corruption and Lies.

    There’s also a heap of nostalgia to persuse on its website. Here’s a fine collection of YouTube hits

    • Paul Anderson 1:07 am on January 3, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      You’re just getting old, mate. Happy new year!

  • seandodson 11:45 am on January 20, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 8os music, cocteau twins, dmitri from paris, new order, remix, sister sledge, star slinger   

    One very welcome thing about the contemp… 

    One very welcome thing about the contemporary music scene is how often the music of my teens is mined for inspiration. Hardly a week goes by without some track from the mid-eighties being brought out from the back of the classics cupboard and being brushed down, spruced up and subtly altered to give it a second airing.

    New Order – Blue Monday (vs Eric Prydz)
    Sister Sledge – Thinking of You (Dmitri from Paris remix)
    Star Slinger – Cocteau Twins rework (taken from Heaven or Las Vegas)

  • seandodson 6:24 pm on October 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: germany germany, lali puna, , new order   

    Best new music for a while: Germany Germ… 

    Best new music for a while: Germany Germany: River. Reminds of early Lali Puna and mid-eighties New Order. It is that good.

  • seandodson 4:37 pm on October 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: blur, clash, , , led zeppelin, mike oldfield, , new order, , pink floyd, primal scream, record sleeves, rolling stones,   

    Classic album cover designs as postage stamps 

    Album Art - Block new Just love these classic album covers set out as a set of postage stamps. Particularly delighted at the inclusion of New Order’s Power, Corruption and Lies which was designed by the great Peter Saville. Inevitably there’s some great covers missing. At least two odd choices too: the inclusion of both Pink Floyd’s the Division Bell and Led Zeppelin IV (top left and bottom centre respectively). To my mind, neither sleeve is a classic while Dark Side of the Moon and Led Zeppelin would seem much better choices. It’s still a nice set, mind. Sure to be as successful as last year’s British Design Classics when it’s released in early January.

    According to the Royal Mail:

    This issue celebrates the work of the album sleeve designer, not the music. Royal Mail began with very extensive research of existing lists and polls of ‘Greatest Album Covers’ in books, music press and the web. This trawl of literally thousands of albums uncovered many that were common to most lists.

    The editors of three of the UK’s most influential music publications together with a number of graphic designers and design writers were asked to independently list the most significant album sleeve artwork used on records by British artists.

    Royal Mail reviewed all the research to assemble a shortlist of albums that spanned the decades from the 1960s. Some albums could not be included for operational reasons (for instance, designs that were too dark), after final deliberation the ten albums were arrived at.

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    • ian - Norvic 10:12 pm on November 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the link to our site. We have now added a page where people can buy the stamps and all the other products which may not be available in local POs.

      Dark Side of the Moon has been cited on many blogs and websites, but sadly its appeal is its problem – it would be too dark to show a postmark, which is probably why it was not chosen.

    • Rob 4:40 pm on December 7, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      The Division Bell artwork is much more aesthetically pleasing than The Dark Side of the Moon artwork in my honest opinion, and considering it too was designed by Storm Thorgerson, I think it’s a justified inclusion.

  • seandodson 2:11 pm on October 21, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: clubbing, clubs, , , , , , , mike pickering, , new order, ,   

    Factory days: the Hacienda must be rebuilt! 


    I have been sailing through Peter Hook’s The Hacienda: How Not to Run a Club his account of the decline and fall of the Factory empire. Although he is not exactly Tom Wolfe or Nick Kent he tells his tale with some wit and much stoicism. The legendary club nearly ruined him and the rest of the band, as they sank in many millions of pounds to keep it going. Hooky reckons that for every person who came through the door of the Hacienda, it cost him and the rest of New Order around £10. So buy him a drink next time you see him.

    The books full of anecdotes and quotes from many famous factory figures (Tony Wilson, Rob Gretton, Mike Pickering et al). Here’s the club’s former DJ Dave Haslam on the Hacienda’s wonderful music policy:

    “Whereas music in clubs is now pigeion-holed and segregated, in those first years of acid house, the dance floor was open minded. In retrospect DJs have tried to convince us of thier purist underground credentials; that wasn’t really the case. In the acid-house era you would have heard hous, and techno, but also hip-hop records like ‘know How’ by Young MC, New Order and Euro-disco tracks by Italian production teams.”

    • Ricki Mavris 10:45 pm on January 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hi I reach this site when i was searching bing for this

      • Andreas Andrews 1:15 am on December 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I couldn’t agree more with Dave Haslam’s words in the quoted text about current DJ’s seeming to retrospectively try and convice their audiences of their purist underground roots, however I can’t agree with what times were like as I’m new on the scene, and that time… was before my time…

        I couldn’t agree less with Ricki

        • Andreas Andrews 1:17 am on December 9, 2010 Permalink

          urrmm… site moderator.. please delete the above duplicate comment, meant to comment on the article and not reply to Ricki… sorry Ricki…. you can blame Bing for that one….

    • Andreas Andrews 1:16 am on December 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I couldn’t agree more with Dave Haslam’s words in the quoted text about current DJ’s seeming to retrospectively try and convice their audiences of their purist underground roots, however I can’t agree with what times were like as I’m new on the scene, and that time… was before my time…

      I couldn’t agree less with Ricki

  • seandodson 1:59 pm on October 3, 2008 Permalink | Reply
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    Remembering Rob Gretton: Manchester’s maverick rock manager 

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    I am looking forward to reading the notebooks of the late Rob Gretton, manager of Joy Division, co-founder of Factory Records and the Hacienda. The notebooks, recovered from a secret lock-up in Manchester are published by by Rob Gretton’s widow, Lesley Gilbert, with a foreword by Jon Savage, the book condenses over 20 working notebooks into a single volume, and contains posters, letters, diaries, band manifestos and studio notes, dating from August 1978 to late 1980.

    “These notebooks aren’t diaries – they are not a record of Rob’s emotional life during the Joy Division years – but his personality and thought processes are on show throughout. His notes on the band’s image and aesthetic at the beginning of ’79, for example, read like a kind of Joy Division manifesto, and underline his role as ‘fifth member’ of the band … It paints a picture of post-punk Manchester and its community of like-minded musicians, promoters and journalists; and, perhaps most importantly of all, it allows us a glimpse of a one of Manchester music’s most influential yet elusive characters: it is the real Rob Gretton.”

    • ‘1 Top Class Manager’ is strictly limited to 1500 copies and is available to pre-order now exclusively through 1 Top Class Manager

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  • seandodson 6:28 pm on June 21, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , brian cox, , ernest rutherford, , , , happy mondays, intelligent, john cooper clarke, , kevin cummins, , , new order, , physics, , , , tony wilson experience   

    The Tony Wilson Experience: a 24-hour intelligent conversation live from Manchester 

    Just been listening to the Tony Wilson Experience, a 24-hour long conversation celebrating the late, great music Tony Wilson, musical Svengali and proud Mancunian. Wilson died of cancer last year and today would have been his 58th birthday. Loads of good people on the bill: John Cooper Clarke, Clint Boon, Irvine Welsh, Paul Morley, Peter Hook et al. You can tune in to the live stream over here.

    Update: I’ve been enjoying a curmudgeonly Kevin Cummins bemoan the fate of the rock photographer. Cummings thinks that user-generated content is just a way for newspapers to “get a load of free content”. He’s dismissive of the generation of photographers coming out of sites like Flickr. He said: the newspapers “don’t care about quality. It’s quantity that they want.” He also said that blogs were mostly “just middle class letters pages.”

    Even later: It is nearly 1PM and it’s getting really belligerent. The Manc poet John Cooper Clarke is on stage. He just recited his famous haiku:

    To convey one’s mood,
    in seventeen syllables,
    is very diffic…

    The intelligence finally ran out about 3am. The Happy Mondays were on a panel and someone in the audience mentioned Stella Grundy, who I assume is Shaun Ryder’s ex-partner from the way he reacted. The guy in the audience was being provocative, but the reaction of the Monday’s, particularly Bez, was somewhat stereotypical. The guy was threatened from the stage (“you are fucking dead”, was the precise quote and worst was said after that) and for a moment I thought that it was all about to kick off. And then, the security intervened and started escorting the bloke out of the venue. Brilliantly, the Mondays then changed their tune and started berating the bouncers to let the man stay in the building. It was all rather touching and probably what Tony would have wanted.

    Thankfully, after a sleep, I awake to find the conversation has got much more intelligent again. This is much more like a more belligerent (I keep using that word) version of Radio 4. For the final conversation we’ve got Steven Morris, Peter Saville and physicist Brian Cox discussing the secrets of the universe. He reminded us how important Manchester has been to our understanding of the universe, and that the atomic nucleus had been discovered up on Oxford Road by Ernest Rutherford.

    That’s it. The poet Mike Garry has just read his poem Saint Anthony, and there’s talk of another one next year. I hope so. It was really good an pretty intelligent all the way through.

    • stella grundy 6:09 pm on June 23, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      To whoever wrote this. My name is Stella Grundy. I am a playwrite. and Ex front woman for the Band Intastella. I was invited to speak at the Tony Wison Experience about my experiences as as an artist over the past 20 years along with John Cooper Clarke and Alan Wise . I was attacked by Shaun Ryder because I asked him a question about music he didnt like. I am NOT his Ex girlfreind !!! Women in music are not just wifes and girlfriends.

    • seandodson 7:19 pm on June 23, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Sorry Stella, as I said that was an asuumption. I had actually listened to a lot of the talk when you were on the panel and not heard your altercation with Shaun Ryder and assumed it was about something else, my mistake. No one though is saying that womein in music are just wives and girlfriends. Just click on my Last FM link if you don’t believe me


    • rantersparadise 7:16 pm on June 25, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      R.I.P Tony.

    • alexhough 9:09 pm on July 1, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Has there been any evaluation of the event? Will it be public?

      The Tony Wilson Experience website has some wonderful images but no forum: neither does it facilitate ‘social networking’ by making content re-usable for bloggers (the fanzine producers of today, and writers of tomorrow?). Rather, the cut and paste aesthetic of punk, house music and the appropriation which so inspired Factory (the name itself appropriated from Warhol) seems to be absent.

      Cameras and mobile phones were banned from the event “The entire conversation is being recorded in HD. It will not be permitted to take any cameras, mobile phones or other recording/communication” – Participant Handbook e-mailed to participants.

      To the ‘talent’ I spoke to over the course of the event, the following objective taken from the website did not seem to ring true:

      “The Talent will gain unprecedented access to the ‘Experienced’ over the 24 hours as well as having an opportunity to meet other talented creatives based in Manchester in a unique setting. ”

      It became apparent that the ‘Experienced’ hung out in the Green Room, guarded by a security guard, while the ‘talent’ either made up a studio audience watching the ‘expereinced’ or sat about talking between themselves.

      Given that situationism was given such an airing as a core value of the event, the reduction of the event to a spectacle resembling a TV show sometimes seemed to be either ill considered or at others a subtle ironic gesture designed to anger ‘talent’ to overthrow the ‘experienced’ – now part of the establishment. Either way of looking at it has merit in my opinion.

      Perhaps it is a case of what seemed to be television professionals organising an event the way that they know best. The event was it was highly efficiently scheduled and at times interesting entertainment as well as inspiring and thought provoking. Paul Morley and Irvine Welsh were so spot on when they were talking about anything edgy being co-opted by the advertising industry. The pictures of the event seem to have been a particularly good viral marketing campaign for Adidas thanks to the Adidas lanyard.

      It would have been nice to offer up the pictures for ‘talent’ to use to write their own experiences up, and to talk about the event. I would have loved to read what some of Simon Armatige’s fans, eager on Sunday morning to meet the hero, whose poem they studied for GCSE.

      It would have been nice to put the video on YouTube like the famous TED talks: young talent has taken to remixing footage and applying the cut an paste aesthetic. These are skills and passions which should be encouraged, and I think that the organisers have missed an opportunity to allow talent to flourish from this event.

      At the end of the event I stood in URBIS looking at the space between the door and the Green Room. What would happen there I wondered.

      A flag was rolled out on the floor. It was the cross of St George. In the left corner was Stone Roses / Pollock pattern. Tony Wilson’s son signed it, so did Bonehead and John Robb. Tim Burgess did as well. I thought about signing it, but didn’t. Unfortunately Paul Morley was not around to observe the situation for critical analysis. I would have loved to hear what he thought.

    • breedoMof 7:03 pm on September 22, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Perfect news.., dude

  • seandodson 7:56 am on June 13, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , , , new order, , zune   

    New Dawn Fades: Microsoft’s Zune appropriates the spirit of Joy Division 

    First sight of the limited edition Joy Division Zune. Only available in the US. Obviously not good in the rain. Designed by Factory’s Peter Saville.

    • zune accessories 11:49 pm on June 30, 2008 Permalink | Reply

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