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Sunday, June 2, 2013

Wising up

In City Fun Volume 2 Number 3 this extract gives an indication of the frustrations The Distractions had with their labels Island and Factory Records.  This issue was published on 7th November 1980 and thanks to the Manchester District Music Archive it is preserved at The Hidden History of Manchester's Punk Fanzines.

The Distractions are currently wising up a bit, the hard way.  On stage in Liverpool recently between song patter consisted of remarks such as “This was our first single on Island, it was in white vinyl because it was supposed to be out at Christmas.  It came out in April”“This came out on Factory, they ripped us off as well but were nice about it.”

The time The Distractions have spent with Island Records appears almost as a waste.  It got them an album released but no Island records accurately capture the feel of the band.  On stage they are as good as ever.  Watch them.  At least they learn by their mistakes. 

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