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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Factory newsletter

From the incomparable Manchester District Music Archive comes this extract from the Factory Records Newsletter and Shareholder analysis, September 1979:

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FAC 12: The Distractions; 'Time Goes By So Slow' 7inch 45rpM B/W Pillow Fight. Reminds the Management of Austin Texas 66 but take your choice.  'Lyrical, sophisticated, dynamic' (NME) (who's paying this guy).  Distractions are a Manchester five piece who signed to Island Records on Sep 18th '79, due to an irresistible desire to play the game.  This single has sold out its first 4,200 (2,000 labels went down at the Factory... you've got problems), reprint and press under way even now.  First release on Sep 1st '79.  The boys and ? are even now preparing to support the Undertones... thank you asgard, and will be passing everybody's way in late October.

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Later in the newsletter is detail of the legendary Leigh Festival:

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FAC 15: 'Zoo Meets Factory Half Way': Leigh Open Air Pop Festival, Bank Holiday Monday, Aug 27 '79.  Poster and event. [Crawling] Chaos, Distractions, A [Certain] Ratio,Teardrop [Explodes], OMITD, Echo and [The Bunnymen]., Joy Division. 'A staggering event' (Se) 300 White on black posters; all put up.


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