OK. So I am sitting here at work, listening to the 24 Hour Party People soundtrack. I don’t have to be reminded of the genius that is/was/always will be Factory Records. Believe me, I know. But, every time I read the liner notes to the cd, penned by one Mr. Anthony H. Wilson, I am reminded of just how genius, fragile, creative and genius the Factory operation is/was/always will be. I said genius twice…I am aware of that. It is called making a fucking point.
Meanwhile, I am also sitting here trying to figure out how to get Shag Frenzy going. Wilson knew what was going on when he stayed loyal to Manchester and created The Factory and The Hacienda nightclubs there. He could have gone to London, sure, but he didn’t. Manchester is the birthplace of modern club culture, from the indie discos to the raves off the motorways. For better or worse (you decide), Factory gave us Joy Division, New Order, Happy Mondays, The Stone Roses, The Smiths, Oasis, Vick’s Vapo-Rub, glowsticks, trance techno, drum & bass, Ecstasy, baggy pants, multi-coloured t-shirts that look like detergent adverts, etc. Modern indie and club culture owes everything to Factory.
Shag Frenzy owes everything to Factory. Shag Frenzy should stay loyal and try to build it up around Hartford. There is nothing for the kids to do. Nowhere in this area can you go hear a night filled with Northern Soul, Britpop, Baggy, Indie, whatever. We are run down with goth nights and bad Dave Matthews Band-sounding hippie bands. The goths and hippies are scenesters…they want to dress up and take drugs and blah blah blah. Most of them probably are not passionate about the music. I am passionate about the music. The music must be heard, just like The Hacienda Must Be Built.
Oh, and by the way, “Here To Stay”, the newest New Order song that closed out the film, gives me shivers the same way I get shivers when I hear “Love Will Tear Us Apart” or when I see Paul Weller singing “In The City” in 1977 on The Complete Jam DVD. The revolution, and the shivers, have begun. Hang on for the ride.
After all, and to quote Neil Tennant, “we were never being boring…”
Current Mood: viva! revolution!
Current Music: Joy Division "Love Will Tear Us Apart"