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Friday, June 28, 2013

Single of the week

Fans may be well aware that Time Goes By So Slow was named 'single of the week' in NME by Paul Morley in 1979 ("I could do nothing but make Factory 12 single of the week").  However, the NME website now lists TGBSS as 1979's single number 37, alongside label-mates Joy Division and OMD, and (then) peers The Fall and The Undertones, amongst others [1]:

The NME site also hosts this terrific YouTube clip of FAC12 [2], which was actually uploaded by David Quantick a couple of years ago.

The Distractions - Time Goes By So Slow video

Their great Factory single, visual by Mitchell and Kenyon and Granada TV.

Of course, The Distractions' previous release, the You're Not Going Out Dressed Like That EP, was also named 'single of the week' by Paul Morley a year earlier in 1978, but sadly there is no modern record of this.

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