This is the third part of the Mancunian Way, a BBC documentary series about Manchester and its music. Listen to the previous parts here: Part 1, Part 2.
The 3rd part of the Mancunian Way explores the world of the quintessential Manchester record label: Factory Records. Founded in the rise of punk, it lead the way during the post-punk era due to its specific way of working with artists. It soon became the first record company outside London to achieve international succes.
Mark Radcliffe talks to Factory founder Tony Wilson, in-house producer Martin Hannett and many others about record sleeve design, urban angst, raincoat sales and the tremendous influence of the label and its bands such as Joy Division, New Order or the Happy Mondays.
This is the second part of the Mancunian Way, a BBC documentary series about Manchester and its music. Listen to the first part here: The Mancunian Way – Part 1
The second part of the Mancunian Way takes us back to the 60s and the British Invasion, which was the starting point of a new era in pop music. Heavily influenced by american Rock ‘n’ Roll and RnB, a new scene appeared in the – at the time – alcohol and drugs free local clubs of Manchester. New british bands that quite surprisingly took over America at a time when US music dominated the airways. They were only to be challenged by another british band from a rival city: The Beatles from Liverpool.
This very first documentary is about the story of the Manchester music scene. Told by BBC’s Mancunian at heart Mark Radcliffe, this 6-part series takes us on a journey from the 60s to nowadays to (re)discover the music that has made Manchester so influential and exciting.
Our story starts in the middle – in the late 70s – with the first part telling us about the massive cultural impact of punk on the Manchester music scene . Or more precisely, how a 50p Sex Pistols gig showed the 40 attendees that everyone could start a band. And they pretty much all did. Joy Division, the Buzzcocks, the Fall, but also more unexpected groups like Simply Red or M People… they all broke away from the ubiquitous 20-minute guitar solos and self indulgent attitudes to reshape popular music.