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Vinyl remnants

Wednesday 18th November 2020, 5.55pm (day 3,373)

Vinyl remnants, 18/11/20

A turntable has made a reapperance in our house for the first time in twenty years, so we’ve been digging out some of the old records that survived the Great Vinyl Cull of the 1990s (I was a student, I needed the money, I regret it now, sure). And it’s been an excuse to pick up some new material as well, including that of the very fine band seen to top — previous blog stars themselves. I wonder what music will, in the end, emerge from this time of paralysis, or what art of any kind.

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Friday 14th December 2018, 9.35am (day 2,668)

Factory records, 14/12/18

The corner of Charles Street and Princess Street in Manchester: a significant place in rock music history. I’m declaring a moratorium — no more photos of building sites here for a while. But there’s nothing wrong with putting up photos of a Factory. (The old Factory Records HQ, that is.)

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Bassist, the Dictators

Thursday 4th August 2016, 9.20pm (day 1,806)

Dictators bassist, 4/8/16

I do the blog with a fairly crappy compact camera that needs replacing, only I can’t afford to at the moment. Rock gigs are like football matches, I’d probably be able to capture much better images of them if I had a proper lens or flash unit; in the low ambient light the participants tend to need to be stationary, which doesn’t happen that much. Best effort from tonight, where me, Clare and about 50 other people turned up to watch The Dictators go through their set: a band that can be dated by the fact they appear on a compilation I picked up last year of, not 70s punk, but 70s pre-punk… There were a few of people in the room aged under 40. But only a couple.

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Thursday 26th May 2016, 8.25am (day 1,736)

Factory, 26/5/16

Another shot of Manchester architecture, this time a more significant building despite its unassuming appearance. This is the former office of the great Factory Records, founded by the late Tony Wilson and which gave the world Joy Division, the Happy Mondays and the Ha├žienda nightclub amongst others. Although actually they only moved to this building relatively late in the label’s existence (if you have seen the movie Twenty Four Hour Party People this will be the scene of the (probably mythical) moment when Rob Gretton attacks Wilson over the cost of the table at which they’re having their meeting). As you can see it will soon be overshadowed by whatever is being built on the site of the old BBC building behind.

Incidentally, and one for the anoraks, this shot is taken at the same time as yesterday’s (allowing for the rounding to the nearest 5 minutes which I always do). This is the 13th time in the 1,736 days when there have been two consecutive shots at the same time. The nearest I’ve come to three in a row remains 20th – 22nd November 2011 (9:55am, 9:50 and 9:50).

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Former Factory HQ, Manchester

Monday 5th March 2012, 8.05am (day 193)

Factory Records, 5/3/12

Walked a slightly different way to the office this morning; not a big deal, just a matter of going down a street parallel to the one I normally go down, but I very rarely do it. So I never noticed before that this building on the corner of Charles Street and Brook Street is the former HQ of Factory Records, the company that brought us Joy Division (World’s Greatest Ever Rock Band… it’s just a fact guys, live with it). I’m enough of a rock geek to think this is pretty cool.

Though not as geekily cool as having a photo of the exact phone box in which Withnail does his ‘No, I’m not in London… Penrith… Penrith!’ rant at his agent. But that’s another story.

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