Live Ledge #306: Manchester

One of music history's biggest lies come from those who claim to have attended Woodstock. If everybody who says they were there actually attended, Max Yasgur's farm would have seen ten million hippies instead of the 500,000 or so who actually did partake in everything that happened that August weekend.

A similar situation happened a few years later in Manchester, England. Two future members of the Buzzcocks invited the Sex Pistols to perform in their lovely city, and the few dozen wtinesses now numbers thousands! However, it's who was actually documented as being there that matters. Besides those Buzzcocks members, most of Joy Division was present. Mark E. Smith of the Fall was in the crowd, as was producer Martin Hannett, future Factory Records head honcho Tony Wilson, and 80's hit vocalist Mick Hucknall of Simply Red. Yes, this show completely jump-started a music scene that is now looked as one of the most influential for fans of punk, post-punk, and the dance-rock "rave" scene of the late 80's.

It's a fun, fun show, with some of the highlights being relatively obscure tracks discovered in a new Cherry Red box set called Manchester Nort of England. This is a huge box consisting of seven CD's and 146 tracks.

As always, grab this from the usual spots where you enjoy all of your favorite podcasts, including Stitcher and iTunes, or...


1. The Salford Jets, Manchester Boys 
2. Buzzcocks, Breakdown [Demo]
3. Buzzcocks Orgasm Addict
4. Magazine, The Light Pours Out Of Me
5. Magazine, Shot By Both Sides
6. Joy Division, She's Lost Control
7. Peter Hook And The Light, Love Will Tear Us Apart
8. The Fall, Rowche Rumble
9. The Fall, Theme From Sparta F.C.
10. Slaughter & The Dogs, Cranked Up Really High
11. The Nosebleeds, Ain't Bin To No Music School
12. The Drones, Just Want To Be Myself
13. John Cooper Clarke, Psycle Sluts Pts. 1 & 2
14. Jilted John, Going Steady
15. Albertos Y Lost Trios Paranoias, Heads Down No Nonsense Mindless Boogie 
16. The Distractions, Maybe It's Love
17. Fast Cars, The Kids Just Wanna Dance 
18. Any Trouble, Yesterday's Love
19. The Freshies, I'm In Love With The Girl On The Manchester Virgin Megastore Checkout Desk 
20. The Membranes, Spike Milligan's Tape Recorder
21. The Smiths, Bigmouth Strikes Again (Demo)
22. The Smiths, How Soon Is Now? (Live in Boston)
23. Happy Mondays, 24 Hour Party People
24. Inspiral Carpets, Garage Full Of Flowers 
25. The Stone Roses, I Wanna Be Adored
26. Charlatans, The Only One I Know
27. Big Ed & His Rocking Rattlesnakes, D'You Think I Look Like Elvis Presley?


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