Thursday, September 6, 2007

and from now on, a moratorium on posts that mention Joy Division

Factory Records, the Manchester indie label formed by Tony Wilson (who died a month ago of a heart attack at 57) and Alan Erasmus in 1978, had a unique catalogue numbering system which included not only the label’s recordings, but also the artwork and posters. A Peter Saville designed poster became FAC 1, Joy Division’s debut LP was FACT 10, a Sex Pistols cassette (“The Heyday”) was FACT 30, ESG’s “You’re No Good” single FACT 34, Wim Merten’s soundtrack to Peter Greenaway’s “The Belly of an Architect” was FACT 195, etc. etc. Their popular and influential (but ultimately financially disastrous) Haçienda nightclub was FAC 51.

Even the Haçienda cat had a number (FAC 191), as did a later staff xmas party (FAC 259)*.

I’ve just read on Carl Wilson’s blog that Tony Wilson’s coffin was given the final Factory number, FAC 501.

*reading this list I wonder why was A Certain Ratio’s excellent “Shack Up” never released as a single?.

1 comment:

Matthew R Walker said...

No moratoriums please! - between the upcoming Ian Curtis biopic, the tacky Joy Division sneakers from New Balance, as well as the recent online squabbles between Peter Hook & the rest of New Order - there is way too much to post about!

I liked your info about Factory's cataloging - many of New Order's early releases would have the catalogue number or date of release as part of the art work. New Order's first LP had "New Order/FACD 05 1981/Movement" on the cover . This blurred the lines between it being art and merely a consumable product. Not a surprising statement considering this was their first post Joy Division release and they hadn't yet redefined themselves.