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Saturday, August 16, 2014

A Manchester first

More history from the archives. These clippings, from City Fun and the Manchester District Music Archive of course, detail The Distractions' movement between labels, to and from Factory Records, in their short but sweet first incarnation. Of course, FAC12 didn't quite end up as described below.  

Incidentally, we are very close to bringing you some good news of the newest label, Hidden Masters, and the forthcoming and ever-so-slightly delayed 'Parabolically Yours' set... 


THE DISTRACTIONS having "severed all connections with the T.J.M. label" HAVE A NEW SINGLE FOR IMMINENT RELEASE ON TONY WILSON'S FACTORY RECORDS. Production is again by the same team at ARROW STUDIOS, headed by BRANDON LEON, who is now the band's manager. Tracks concerned are two of the most well-known numbers of the set, "PILLOW FIGHT", and the legendary "VALERIE".


THE DISTRACTIONS have signed to Island Records. The contract is for 3 singles in the next six months with Island then having an option for a further six months and an album. As the contract was signed before The Distractions' first London appearance they become the first Manchester band to have signed to a 'major' record company without having played in London.

THE DISTRACTIONS new single is now out on Factory Records.


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