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Factory Records launched a post-punk revolution in the late '70s (see Joy Division and New Order) and ignited Britain's "Madchester" rave scene in the late '80s (check Happy Mondays and 808 State). Now the Manchester-based indie label -- along with its


Factory Records launched a post-punk revolution in the late '70s (see Joy Division and New Order) and ignited Britain's "Madchester" rave scene in the late '80s (check Happy Mondays and 808 State). Now the Manchester-based indie label -- along with its taste-making president, Tony Wilson, and his cantankerous coterie -- is the subject of a feature film, which follows the company from its birth in 1976 to its drug-addled demise in 1992. The movie's soundtrack CD, which includes colorful liner notes from Wilson, makes an excellent primer for the era. Along with essential tracks -- including "Love Will Tear Us Apart" and "Temptation" -- from the Joy Division/New Order axis (the surviving members of Joy Division regrouped as New Order after the suicide of frontman Ian Curtis), the disc spotlights rave classics (a trio from the kinetic Happy Mondays, including the title track; Marshall Jefferson's house anthem "Move Your Body") and non-Factory period pieces (the Buzzcocks' "Ever Fallen in Love," the Clash's "Janie Jones"). Adding a timely relevance for the postmillennial audience is Moby, whose reverential 2001 recording of Joy Division's "New Dawn Fades" features New Order, Billy Corgan, and John Frusciante, and the Chemical Brothers, who produced New Order's 2002 single "Here to Stay" -- a testament to the decades-running band's musical durability and ongoing significance. Factory may have long since shut its doors, but through its wealth of music, Madchester raves on.

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All Music Guide - Joe Silva
Attempting to document the aesthetic and spiritual transition from Manchester to "Madchester", the soundtrack to Michael Winterbottom's 2002 film is a quick primer on the Factory Records saga and the songs that propelled it. Set in motion by the timelessly vitriolic "Anarchy in the U.K.," its inclusion is key to the legend that the Sex Pistols pried open the third eye of label founder Tony Wilson during their 1976 Manchester Free Trade Hall gig. With his vision firmly imprinted, Wilson set off to be Manchester's chief impresario and, apart from the other two punk inclusions (the Buzzcocks' "Ever Fallen in Love?" and the Clash's "Janie Jones"), the remainder of the compilation outlines the legacy that he stumbled upon and at times fostered. Certainly Wilson's signing of Vini Reilly's Durutti Column, while perhaps not pivotal, shows that the one-time TV host had a keen ear. "Otis" is one of the few uplifting moments among the non-dance selections here that simultaneously showcases Reilly's overlooked talent. Other proper selections include 808 State's breezy sax/synth hit, "Pacific State," and one of the Hacienda Club's fave moments, A Guy Called Gerald's "Voodoo Ray." Unfortunate choices include the Happy Mondays song that serves as the title for the compilation and the film, and the Moby-tainted version of Joy Division's "New Dawn Fades." There's also some wonder as to how the awkward "Move Your Body" by Marshall Jefferson found its way into this mix instead of A Certain Ratio's "Shack Up" single (which reached the American R&B Top 50). The Joy Division content ("Transmission," "Atmosphere," "She's Lost Control," and the closer, "Love Will Tear Us Apart"), while predictable, will always stand as Factory's principal jewels. But Morrissey's last-minute withdrawal of Smiths music from the project is symbolic of the fact that the film, and its unsurprising attendant soundtrack, are really only a portion of the Manchester story (serious dabblers should opt for a copy of 1991's Palatine: The Factory Story/1979-1990). What this collection does illustrate, on a glossier scale, is why Factory may have been the most significant of the post-punk labels.

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Performance Credits

Billy Corgan   Guitar
John Frusciante   Guitar
Tony Castro   Percussion
Rowetta   Vocals

Technical Credits

Steve Noble   Costume Design
Paul Oakenfold   Arranger,Producer,Remixing
808 State   Producer
Bernard Albrecht   Composer
Ian Curtis   Composer
Joy Division   Composer
Micky Foote   Producer
Martin Hannett   Producer
Peter Hook   Composer
Steve Osborne   Arranger,Producer,Remixing
Vini Reilly   Producer
Stephen Street   Producer
Andrew Weatherall   Remixing
Stephen Morris   Composer
Chemical Brothers   Producer
Bernard Sumner   Composer
Chris Thomas   Producer
Pete Tong   Executive Producer,Executive Soundtrack Producer
Peter Saville   Illustrations
Jon Carter   Producer,Remixing
Steve Dub   Engineer
Gerald Simpson   Producer
Natalie Ward   Costume Design
Simon Machan   Programming
Dave Young Orchestra   Producer
John Collyer   Engineer
Michael "Mike Dee" Johnson   Engineer
Amelia Troubridge   Cover Photo

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