Tony Wilson was a man with many strings to his bow. We all saw him reading the news on TV, he was responsible for releasing some of the greatest post-punk and indie records ever, and he gave us the legendary Hacienda nightclub. But who would have guessed that he was also once spotted performing Bob Dylan songs at The Oakwood in Glossop?
That was just one of the many gems that came out of the Wilson stories that were told on another great night at Glossop Record Club.
Our main album was Joy Division’s debut Unknown Pleasures. It’s an album that many of us probably listened to in our bedrooms as teenagers, so it was a revelation to hear its power when played loud on a great system. It might be 36 years old now but Martin Hannett’s production still makes the album sound wonderfully timeless.
In a break from our usual two full albums format, the decks were thrown open for an extended free for all, and we got to hear a great selection of Factory classics, Hacienda favourites and other Wilson-related tunes. As ever with Record Club, the obvious choices were discarded in favour of the more obscure and interesting records. So nobody choose Blue Monday, but we did get to hear Ad Infinitum’s cover of Joe Meek’s Telstar. And Love Will Tear Us Apart was nowhere to be seen but we did – of course – have some Frank Sidebottom.
And where else apart from Glossop Record Club would you hear A Guy Called Gerald’s Hacienda classic Voodoo Ray followed up by some crooning from the first man ever to tread the boards at the Hacienda – none other than that indie favourite Bernard Manning.
A big thank you to everyone who chose a song to play or told an anecdote – you made it another memorable night. And thanks for listening.
Here are a few comments posted after the session:
The first time I have been really enjoyed myself looking forward to the next one.
Brilliant Tony Wilson night from . Great music and anecdotes – only wish I could’ve stayed longer.
A great night to a very dear man. Loved the stories the most. The lady that lived at Factory HQ made my jaw drop, in a good way.
Nostalgic night at Club. Who knew Tony Wilson used to hang out at playing Bob Dylan songs! -inghell
Congratulations on a wonderfully curated evening of Wilson and some great tales from all those who attended!
Had a great night thank u Steve &
Thanks for putting it on. Great to hear Unknown Pleasures so loud without fear of upsetting the neighbours (and wife).
Great evening with & celebrating Tony Wilson’s legacy. Lovely introduction by too.
Ace night gents. Great job, massively enjoyed it.
Loved last nights . Thanks Brought back loads of great memories of growing up in Manc + hanging out in the Hac.
Would’ve liked more Bernard Manning. I thought it was great!
We’ll be back on Thursday 8th October for SOUNDS FROM BEYOND, an evening of experimental, exotic and esoteric music (full details coming soon). See you then.
Joy Division – Digital
A Certain Ratio – Do The Du
Marcel King – Reach For Love (New York remix)
Section 25 – Looking From A Hilltop (Megamix)
ESG – Moody
Durutti Column – How Unbelievable
JOY DIVISION – Unknown Pleasures (Factory Records, 1979)
SIDE ONE: Disorder/Day of the Lords/Candidate/Insight/New Dawn Fades
SIDE TWO: She’s Lost Control/Shadowplay/Wilderness/Interzone/I Remember Nothing
Happy Mondays – Hallelujah (Club Mix)
New Order – Your Silent Face
Mike Garry & Joe Duddell – St. Anthony: An Ode to Anthony H Wilson
Frank Sidebottom – Oh Blimey It’s Christmas
Ian Dury – Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll
Joy Division – Transmission
Miaow – Break The Code
Sex Pistols – Anarchy In The UK
Magazine – Because You’re Frightened
New Order – Ceremony
A Guy Called Gerald – Voodoo Ray
Bernard Manning – Love Story
Ad Infinitum – Telstar
The Source Featuring Candi Staton – You Got The Love
Iggy Pop – Nightclubbing
Happy Mondays – 24 Hour Party People
The Adventure Babies – Camper Van
John Cooper Clarke – Evidently Chickentown/Conditional Discharge
The Railway Children – Brighter
A Certain Ratio – Si Firmi O Grido
Joy Division – Atmosphere
Digital highlights part one.
Digital highlights part two.
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