Keeping Control - Independent Music From Manchester 1977-1981 3cd Clamshell Box


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Cat No: CRCDBOX145
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Release Date:  26 May 2023

Label:  Cherry Red

Packaging Type:  Jewel Case

No of Units:  3

Barcode:  5013929114593

Genres:  Rock  Punk  

  • Description

    • 76 track celebration of all things Manchester from 1977 to 1981.
    • A comprehensive look at the city’s sounds featuring Buzzcocks, Joy Division, New Order, The Fall, John Cooper Clark, Durutti Column, A Certain Ratio, The Freshies, Slaughter & The Dogs, Magazine and many more.
    • Includes tracks featuring many future stars of the Manchester music scene, such as Mick Hucknall (Simply Red), Martin Coogan (The Mock Turtles), Graham Massey (808 State), Mike Joyce (The Smiths) and Chris Sievey (Frank Sidebottom).

    Back in 2017, Cherry Red unveiled a mammoth 7-CD compendium entitled ‘Manchester North Of England’, which attempted to document the city’s vibrant music scene from punk to Britpop.

    Six years on, ‘Keeping Control’ is the sequel, a modest triple-disc retrospective concentrating on music from the punk and post-punk years.

    ‘Keeping Control’ boasts the “name” bands out of Greater Manchester from that period, however, the underlying musical story of this box set lies with the lesser-known Manchester Musicians Collective.

    A catalyst for many musicians at the time, the MMC organised gigs, other activities and encouragement to the many and varied talents emerging in the region during punk and its aftershocks.

    Louise Alderman, co-founder of the Manchester Musicians Collective, has written a foreword for the box set, which is named after the MMC’s short-lived fanzine.

    Via Louise’s band mate in Manchester Mekon, Frank Ewart, we also have a few previously unissued tracks by acts closely affiliated with the organization.

    At the time, the Collective was celebrated across two albums, ‘A Manchester Collection’ and ‘Unzipping The Abstract’ (both 1980) – and most of the artists from these releases are represented.

    Beyond the MMC, Manchester enjoyed a thriving independent scene from 1977 onwards, inspired by Buzzcocks’ debut EP on New Hormones, Rabid, TJM, Object Music, Absurd, Bent and last but certainly not least Factory … each of them carved a different furrow.

    Outside of the gravitational pull of London, which exerted such a strong pull across the South of England, Manchester evolved its own unique identity, often mixing sharp humour with seemingly bleak, desolate-sounding music (reflecting the city’s hardship during that time).

  • Tracklisting

    1. BUZZCOCKS Orgasm Addict
    3. THE NOSEBLEEDS Fascist Pigs
    4. THE DRONES City Drones
    5. THE PANIK Murder
    6. V2 Nothing To Do
    7. JILTED JOHN Jilted John
    8. GYRO Central Detention Centre
    9. SALFORD JETS Lookin' At The Squares
    10. JOHN THE POSTMAN'S PUERILE Kawalski Of The Seaview Has Got The Best Hairstyle I've Ever Seen
    12. JOHN COOPER CLARKE I Don't Want To Be Nice
    13. THE TEARDROPS Pompous
    14. PASSAGE Slit Machine
    15. SPHERICAL OBJECTS Sweet Tooth
    16. STEVE MIRO Smiling in Reverse
    17. JOY DIVISION Digital
    18. THE SMIRKS American Patriots
    19. NOTSENSIBLES Lying On The Sofa
    20. 48 CHAIRS Psycle Sluts
    21. EDDIE FICTION UFO Part 2
    22. MELLOTRON Warriors From Space
    23. SPEED She?s All There
    24. GENOCIDE Renegade
    25. SISTER RAY Suicide
    26. EDDIE MOONEY & THE GRAVE I Bought Three Eggs
    27. GERRY AND THE HOLOGRAMS Gerry And The Holograms
    2.1. THE FALL Flat Of Angles
    2.2. STEROID KIDDIES Seaside Teaser
    2.3. DIRECT HITS Back To The Sixties
    2.4. FOREIGN PRESS Crossfire
    2.5. CRISPY AMBULANCE Motorway Boys
    2.6. I.Q. ZERO Insects
    2.7. ACCIDENT ON THE EAST LANCS. We Want It Legalized
    2.8. THE OUT Who is Innocent?
    2.9. GODS GIFT These Days
    2.10. MUD HUTTERS Danger
    2.11. PATHETIX Love in Decay
    2.12. PRIVATE SECTOR Just Wanna Stay Free
    2.13. THE FRANTIC ELEVATORS Hunchback Of Notre Dame
    2.14. FAST CARS You're So Funny
    2.15. MISS KATE Ebony Eyes
    2.16. GROW-UP The Best Thing
    2.17. PROPERTY OF... Dance Like You?re Dead *
    2.18. THE DISTRACTIONS Doesn't Bother Me
    2.19. THE DURUTTI COLUMN Sketch For Summer
    2.20. BET LYNCH?S LEGS Riders In The Sky
    2.21. THE HOAX Storm Trooper
    2.22. MANICURED NOISE Metronome
    2.23. MAGAZINE A Song From Under The Floorboards
    2.24. VIBRANT THIGH Walking Away
    2.25. ENIGMA Play With Fire
    2.26. THE STILL 9.5
    2.27. SPURTZ Boyfriends Or Your Money Back
    2.28. THE CHARLIE PARKAS Space Invaders
    3.1. IF ONLY Puppet Masters
    3.2. THE CHEATERS (I Wanna Be A) Policeman
    3.3. THE MEKON Must Have More Wheels
    3.4. BATHROOM RENOVATIONS Apathetic Hell
    3.5. THE LIGGERS Recorded Or Live *
    3.6. SECTION 25 Knew Noise
    3.7. THE DIAGRAM BROS. There Is No Shower
    3.8. THE THINGS Pieces Of You
    3.9. DISLOCATION DANCE Familiar View
    3.10. MARTIN HANNETT The Music Room
    3.11. BLUE ORCHIDS The Flood (Demo) *
    3.12. KEVIN HEWICK Haystack
    3.13. ELECTRA COMPLEX Magic *
    3.14. HAMSTERS Animal
    3.15. BITING TONGUES You Can Choke Like That
    3.16. THE FRESHIES Wrap Up The Rockets
    3.17. LUDUS Hugo Blanco
    3.18. MOTHMEN Temptation
    3.19. A CERTAIN RATIO Waterline
    3.20. BEE VAMP Lucky Grills
    3.21. NEW ORDER Everything's Gone Green