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Saturday, August 23, 2014

In session

Here's details of a couple of tantalising sessions that took place more than 30 years ago, thanks to City Fun and the Manchester District Music Archive.  The Distractions on Mike Shaft's show on Piccadilly Radio, and The Distractions on film via Tony Wilson.  Anyone remember these?

The DISTACTIONS... Two tracks for the 12" E.P. "You're Not Going Out Dressed Like That", on T.J.M. Records, are to be issued by the same label as a 7" single, in a new picture sleeve. The reason for the reduction from 4 to 2 tracks is to ensure more airplay, "overcome D.J. resistance".

The band recently did a five-track session for Piccadilly Radio's Mike Shaft, all the tracks being pre-recorded under their own House Producer at Arrow Studios.

Having signed to Arrow for further studio work, the band are currently putting down more tracks, under the direction of the Arrow Studio team, which the company are "completely confident" of licensing out to a major label (several of which are showing interest), in the near future. Granada T.V. have also made a live film of the band, showing of which has been delayed (blame the elections).  However, Tony (one-suit) Wilson assures us it will be going out as soon as they get their heads together.

Rumour here has it that young Wilson is to get his own show called "The Old Grey Whistle and Flute Test".  if he really has only got the one, I'll be pleased to lend him my extremely tasteful jacket.

Martin X.


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