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Factory Dance Mixes & Rarities 1980-1987
Various Artists
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October 24, 2011

Strut present an essential new retrospective covering the dance output of Factory Records, the seminal Manchester record label founded by Tony Wilson, Alan Erasmus and designer Peter Saville.

The album turns the spotlight on some of the label’s early dancefloor-based work across key 12” mixes and rarities, from the unmistakeable production style of Martin Hannett to pioneering studio work by New Order’s Bernard Sumner and A Certain Ratio drummer Donald Johnson, under their BeMusic and DoJo monikers.

Early Factory experiments like Blurt’s avant garde mutant funk blast ‘Puppeteer’ rub shoulders with the fertile post-Joy Division period as the label’s unique, coruscating post-punk sound took shape on extended 12” cuts from A Certain Ratio, Section 25 and more. The album also expressly documents Factory’s strong links and cross-pollination with New York’s 1980s club culture, as Quando Quango and Marcel King enlisted NY remixer Mark Kamins for tough-edged club treatments. Factory artists including Quando Quango and A Certain Ratio would also perform at some of the city’s seminal nightspots, including Danceteria and the Paradise Garage.

The compilation also touches on some of the wider dancefloor directions explored by Factory during its early years – the latin jazz funk of Swamp Children and Kalima, the cool British soul of Tony Henry’s 52nd Street and a track from Factory’s only overtly reggae single, the Dennis Bovell-produced ‘See Them A’Come’ by X-O-Dus. Within FAC. DANCE are contained the grooves that would provide the blueprint for the Manchester scene of the late ‘80s and Factory’s heady later years – Happy Mondays, James, Northside and the rest.

FAC. DANCE is compiled and annotated by Bill Brewster of and produced in association with Factory Records Ltd.

Digital Tracklist

  1. 1 Looking From A Hilltop (Megamix) Section 25 8:08 Buy

    Looking From A Hilltop (Megamix)

  2. 2 Love Tempo Quando Quango 7:52 Buy

    Love Tempo

  3. 3 Express 52nd Street 5:02 Buy


  4. 4 Little Voices Swamp Children 7:17 Buy

    Little Voices

  5. 5 Boss Toyota Trouble Biting Tongues 5:34 Buy

    Boss Toyota Trouble

  6. 6 For Belgian Friends The Durutti Column 5:22 Buy

    For Belgian Friends

  7. 7 Art On 45 Royal Family And The Poor 4:47 Buy

    Art On 45

  8. 8 Dirty Disco Section 25 5:18 Buy

    Dirty Disco

  9. 9 Puppeteer Blurt 3:20 Buy


  10. 10 See Them A 'Come X-O-Dus 8:27 Buy

    See Them A 'Come

Show All Tracks 24

Track List: CD/LP

CD 1

  1. Section 25 – Looking From A Hilltop (Megamix) (8:12)
  2. A Certain Ratio – Wild Party (4:17)
  3. Quando Quango – Love Tempo (7:49)
  4. 52nd Street – Express (5:00)
  5. Swamp Children – Little Voices (7:10)
  6. Biting Tongues – Boss Toyota Trouble (5:30)
  7. The Durutti Column – For Belgian Friends (5:22)
  8. Royal Family & The Poor – Art On 45 (4:49)
  9. A Certain Ratio – Knife Slits Water (12-inch version) (9:44)
  10. Section 25 – Dirty Disco
  11. Blurt – Puppeteer (3:22)
  12. X-O-Dus – See Them-A-Come (8.28)

CD 2

  1. Shark Vegas – Pretenders Of Love (5:08)
  2. 52nd Street – Cool As Ice (Jellybean Mix) (7:29)
  3. Streetlife – Act On Instinct (Hot Swedish Mix) (5:32)
  4. The Hood – Salvation! (Nitromix) (12:05)
  5. Abecedarians – Smiling Monarchs (6:47)
  6. Minny Pops – Time (3.44)
  7. Quando Quango – Atom Rock (Mark Kamins Mix) 7:27)
  8. Marcel King – Reach For Love (New York Remix) (5:26)
  9. 52nd Street – Look Into My Eyes (6:55)
  10. Quando Quango – Genius (6:22)
  11. Swamp Children – You’ve Got Me Beat (4:55)
  12. The Durutti Column – Madeleine (3:00)

Digital only Kalima – Black Water (6.35) Royal Family & The Poor – Motherland (5:42)

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