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Celebrity Drawings by John Moss

Pop
& Rock Musicians of Greater Manchester


The Ha�ienda & Factory Records

The Ha�ienda
was the product of Manchester – its people, its mood and its
time. From an initial idea by Rob Gretton (manager of Joy Division),
and the TV broadcaster and music entrepreneur Anthony Wilson,
the nightclub was set up as a then “alternative” platform and
venue for new bands, many of whom had found difficulty in performing
due to a broad antipathy to their music, largely on account
of its subversive qualities.

The Hacienda Club, Manchester
Inside the Hacienda during a
typical gig night
Hacienda Girls
Ravers at the
Hacienda
Anthony Wilson
Anthony
Wilson
(1950-2007)

The Hacienda, ManchesterPhoto Detail © Aidan O’Rourke
1999

Bands like New Order and Joy
Division got their first breaks at the club after it opened
in 1982. It differed enormously from other more conventional
discos. It was part of the Factory Communications organisation
(FAC51) and included Salford born Anthony Wilson (chairman,
promoter, shareholder of Ha�ienda, and Granada Television presenter),
Howard Jones (part-founder and manager of the club), Rob Gretton
(Director and shareholder of the Ha�ienda) and others involved
in local music. It reflected local new trends in music and dancing
– acid house, indie, punkish, wild and weird, encompassing gay
and lesbian nights, it soon developed a devoted northern club
culture following. It was at this time that he term ‘Madchester’
was coined to describe the new wave of Manchester music that
was to dominate UK charts for the best part of a decade, and
which had been largely promoted by the Hacienda club.
Anthony
Wilson had started the Factory Records label in 1978, and it
was his success in local music promotion which led to an association
with and the concept of the new club. Factory’s first record
catalogue number had been FAC 1 and this name was assigned to
the Ha�ienda – “FAC51”. Albums
were distinctively impersonally packaged, and promoted groups
like the Happy Mondays, New Order, OMD, Joy Division, Durutti
Column, James and others (see below and following pages).
However,
poor business acumen meant that by the late 1990s Wilson had
been declared bankrupt, club finances were in meltdown and the
Ha�ienda finally closed on Saturday June 30th 1997. Having failed
to outlive the 1990s, the building went up for auction in December
2000 – the end of an era, and a boom time for Manchester music.
Subsequently, the location became the site of swish executive
apartments and part of extensive redevelopment of the canal
area.

Footnote:
Tragically, Tony Wilson died on Friday 10th August 2007 after
a long and losing battle with kidney cancer – ‘Mr Manchester’
had finally succumbed at the premature age of 57. Anthony Wilson
(1950-2007).

Joy
Division

Ian Curtis of Joy Division
Ian
Curtis

This Manchester-based
post-punk group was originally known as Warsaw. It comprised
Ian Curtis (vocals), Bernard Dicken/Albrecht (guitar and vocals),
Peter Hook (bass) and Stephen Morris (drums). Signed for Factory
Records and albums produced by Martin Hannett. Joy Division
appeared in 1978 and were quick to climb to universal popularity
and to be regarded as one of the leading bands of that period.
Curtis was excitable and epileptic, and prone to fits on stage,
and committed suicide in 1980. Despite some posthumous success,
the band broke up and the remaining members formed the basis
of the group New Order. Music includes :

  • Unknown Pleasures
  • Closer
  • +-
  • Still
  • The Peel Sessions

Ludus

This quartet
was founded in Manchester in 1978 and consisted of Linda Mulvey
(“Linder”, vocals and lyrics), Arthur Cadmon (born Peter Sadler,
guitar), Willie Trotter (bass) and Phil Tolman (“Toby”, drums).
Strong jazz-influenced style, improvisational, political and
frequently feminist lyrics, they formed part of Manchester’s
late 70s New Wave movement, though they actively sought anonymity,
and shunned notoriety. Linder reputedly had relationships with
Howard Devoto and Morrissey. Main albums include :

  • Pickpocket
  • The Damage
  • Let Me Go Where My Pictures Go

New
Order

The group formed after Ian Curtis of Joy
Division committed suicide in 1980 and the three remaining members
of that group formed as New Order. They tried to sustain the
following that the belated Joy Division had created with several
early tours, but though the essential strengths of the earlier
group were evident, without Curtis the vocals were weak. Experiments
with electronic gadgetry and a new rougher approach (in stark
contrast to Curtis’s poetic lyricism). They were crowned “the
most miserable sods in pop”. By the end of the 1980s they had
established themselves at the forefront of British popular music,
influencing many later British bands and bridging late 70s disco
with early 80s dance house music. Many chart-topping singles
to their credit, produced by Factory Records with whom they
remained as a leading independent group. Main music includes:

  • Movement
  • Power, Consumption and Lies
  • Technique
  • Blue Monday
  • New Order
  • Peel Sessions
  • Low Life
  • Brotherhood

Oasis

Liam Gallagher, Oasis
Liam
Gallagher
Noel Gallagher, Oasis
Noel
Gallagher

The bad boys of 1990s music,
the Gallagher brothers have established themselves as one of
the leading British rock bands of the era. The Band actually
comprises 5 players : Paul “Bonehead” Arthurs, born Manchester
23 June 1965, Noel Gallagher born in Manchester 29th May 1967,
Paul “Guigsy” McGuigan born 9 May 1971, Alan White born in London
26th May 1972, and Liam Gallagher born in Manchester on 21st
September 1972. They played their first gig as Oasis at the
Boardwalk in Manchester in 1991, and it was not until 2 years
later, whilst playing at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut in Glasgow that
they were spotted by a scout from Creation Records.
By April 1994 they had completed work on their first single
“Supersonic” by Creation Records, which was released
via the Sony Corporation. Other music followed fast. “Shakermaker”
reached the UK Top 20 in July 1994 and the band where immediately
recognised as potential top musicians. Their career has been
dogged by controversy – in-fighting by the two Gallagher Brothers,
abandoned world tours and turgid personal lives have attracted
constant media and tabloid newspaper attention, despite their
winning many awards for their music. Their stormy career has
levied a heavy toll on the group members : in April 1995 Alan
White took over as the new drummer, and later that same year
Paul McGuigan retired through exhaustion, to be replaced by
Scott McLeod from another local band. In February 1995, Oasis
won the Brit Award for the Best Newcomers.
They have attracted an enormous fan following, due for the most
part to the Gallagher’s prolific songwriting and performing
skills. Other awards include the 1996 Best Band Brit Award,
and the Ivor Novello Songwriting Award for which Noel was nominated
in May 1996, though he declined to accept it. Other music by
Oasis includes :

  • “Live Forever” – August 1994 (first
    Top 10 Single).
  • “Definitely Maybe” – August 1994
    (Debut Album).
  • “Cigarettes and Alcohol” – October
    1994.
  • “Whatever” – December 1994 (Christmas
    Single).
  • “Some Might Say” – April 1995
    (entered Charts at No.1).
  • “Roll With It” – 14 August 1995
    (Reaches No.1 within a week).
  • “What’s The Story – Morning Glory”
    – October 1995 (No.1).
  • “Wonderwall” – October 1995 (No.2
    Single).
  • “Don’t Look Back in Anger” – February
    1996 (No.1 Single).

The band continue to write chart
topping music even as this is being written, and in early 2012,
Noel Gallagher embarked upon a solo career.

Damon Gough

(AKA Badly Drawn
Boy)

Damon Gough

Also known as “Badly Drawn Boy”,
Damon Gough was Bolton born and is currently living in Chorlton.
Damon is rated as one of Manchester’s most prolific musicians
in recent years. He won the Technics Mercury Music Prize for
the year 2000 with his debut album “The Hour of Bewilderbeast”
, and in November 2001 composed and recorded the soundtrack
and incidental music for Hugh Grant’s 2002 released film, “About
a Boy”.
He
worked in Los Angeles during 2002 and made an appearance on
California Radio’s “Morning Becomes Ecclectic” Show.
He
also has two exclusive tracks on Twisted Nerve’s “Everything
You Always Wanted To Know About Twisted Nerve – But Where Afraid
To Ask” Album. Find
out more about him at www.badlydrawnboy.co.uk.

 

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