TONY WILSON NIGHT: Post-session review & records played

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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.


RECORDS PLAYED

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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)

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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


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September’s Record Club: TONY WILSON NIGHT

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So where do you start with Tony Wilson? TV newsreader, legendary record label founder, iconic nightclub owner, music conference organiser, gig promoter, writer, bar owner, professional promoter of Manchester and entrepreneur are just a few of the different hats that he wore.

He was a man of vision – someone who could see a glossy future for Manchester even when confronted by the grimy, run down reality of the city in the 70s. Countless Mancunians felt proud of him, and yet he was scorned in equal measure by the hordes that he loved to infuriate (especially on Merseyside). Never a shrinking violet, he was too big for his own boots, loved the sound of his own voice and would happily argue with anyone who disagreed with his strident views.

Although he might never have played on a note on a record, it’s hard to think of anyone who had a greater influence on the music scene of the North West from the days of punk through to the 90s. Factory Records, The Hacienda, his ‘So It Goes’ TV show, gigs at The Factory Club – Wilson’s fingerprints are everywhere. Maybe he is best described on his gravestone – as a cultural catalyst.

It’s now 8 years since Tony Wilson died. If he was still here now he’d be 65 – and no doubt Wilson the pensioner would be opening his big gob on a regular basis about the state of the country, the Northern Powerhouse of Manchester and, more likely, publicising himself. Now that Manchester has got round to naming a road after him and opening an arts centre in his honour, it seems an appropriate time to celebrate his life with a night dedicated to the huge musical legacy that he launched and nurtured.

We’re going to start the night with the album that paved the way for the future success of Factory Records – Unknown Pleasures, the iconic debut album by Joy Division. Wilson took a big gamble with his own personal finances to fund its recording, but his belief in the band was vindicated. Most of Joy Division famously hated Martin Hannett’s ground breaking production at the time, but that give it a timeless quality which still reverberates 36 years on.

As for the rest of the night – it’s up to you. We’ll play any tracks that you want – as long as the tune has some (even tenuous) Wilson connection then we’ll play it. It could be your favourite Factory track, a tune you heard in the Hacienda, a band you saw at the Factory Club or one that Wilson introduced on the TV. Don’t worry if you don’t have it on vinyl – get in touch and let us know in advance what you’d like to hear, and we’ll do our best to get our hands on a copy for you to play.

And if you have an anecdote about Wilson then please come along and share it. As Wilson is probably most famous for talking – especially about himself – then we’re sure it’s what he would have wanted!


GLOSSOP RECORD CLUB’S TONY WILSON NIGHT
Thursday 10th September, 8-11pm
Glossop Labour Club, Chapel Street, Glossop, SK13 8AT
FREE ADMISSION


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