By now, we should all know the story of Tony Wilson’s ultimately doomed Factory Records imprint; the rags-to-riches-to-rags story of the design-conscious Manchester imprint, excesses and all, has been written many times over. Strut’s initial FAC. DANCE compilation, curated with love by walking dance music encyclopedia Bill Brewster and released last year, also documented the label’s attempts to court the dancefloor. As that collection proved, the emerging UK club culture of the 1980s was of vital importance to Factory. In many ways, it was written into the label’s DNA. From its early post-punk years to the later dominance of dance-pop kings New Order and the Happy Mondays, the fortunes of Factory Records were intertwined with that of its partner club, the Hacienda. That both were ultimately glorious failures almost makes the Factory story more alluring.
Strut Records will release a second volume of their trawl through the archives of Factory Records, with ESG, A Certain Ratio and Cabaret Voltaire all featuring on FAC DANCE 02.
Much like last year’s inaugural volume was curated by a wise head in Bill Brewster, Strut have tasked James Nice, boss of re-issue label LTM (and one-time manager of Factory Benelux, the label’s European offshoot) to put together the 24 track second collection and it looks like an inspired choice. Whilst the tracklist does include a couple of tracks familiar to Factory-watchers and post-punk heads, notably ESG’s “Moody” – produced by Factory in-house mixer Martin Hannett – and the much-played John Robie mix of “Yashar” by Cabaret Voltaire, these are surrounded by a fair few curios and not so obvious inclusions
Alongside lesser-known cuts from the likes of Quando Quango, 52 Street, A Certain Ratio (pictured above) and Section 25, you’ll find such oddities as Minny Pops’ “Blue Roses” – only ever released on Factory Benelux – and “Sommadub” by Sir Horatio, a dubplate-only 12” by members of A Certain Ratio. There’s also a chance to revisit the odd Arabic-disco of Fadela’s 1987 track “N’Sel Fik”, one of Factory’s strangest forays into the dance market.
Both the double CD and double vinyl editions come replete with extensive sleeves notes from the eminently knowledgeable Nice, who has reissued plenty of Factory material on LTM over the years, as well rare photos from the Factory archives. The digital edition, meanwhile will include two extra tracks in the shape of Kalima’s “Land Of Dreams” and Swamp Children’s “Samba Zippy part 2”.
Strut Records will release FAC DANCE 02 on September 17.
1. Cabaret Voltaire – Yashar (John Robie Mix)
2. Fadela – N’sel Fik
3. A Certain Ratio – The Fox
4. Shark Vegas – You Hurt Me
5. Quando Quango – Go Exciting (12” Mix)
6. Sir Horatio – Sommadub
7. X-O-Dus – Society
8. Minny Pops – Blue Roses
9. Thick Pigeon – Babcock + Wilcox
10. Section 25 – Sakura
11. ESG – You’re No Good
12. Durutti Column – Self Portrait
1. 52nd Street – Can’t Afford (Unorganised Mix) 10.21
2. Section 25 – Knew Noise 4.49
3. Nyam Nyam – Fate 8.08
4. Swamp Children – Softly Saying Goodbye 4.10
5. A Certain Ratio – Lucinda 3.57
6. Surprize – In Movimento 5.41
7. ESG – Moody 2.43
8. The Wake – Host 7.57
9. Royal Family And The Poor – Vaneigem Mix 6.23
10. Biting Tongues – Meat Mask Separatist 4.59
11. Anna Domino – Take That 4.12
12. Ad Infinitum – Telstar 3.12
Kalima – Land Of Dreams
Swamp Children – Samba Zippy Pt. 2