Category Archives: Martin Hannett



CD 01: Tears In Their Eyes (1979 – 1982)

01 Joy Division – Transmission
02 Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – Electricity
03 A Certain Ratio – All Night Party
04 The Durutti Column – Sketch For Summer
05 X-O-Dus – English Black Boys
06 ESG – You’re No Good
07 Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart
08 James – Folklore
09 A Certain Ratio – Flight
10 Section 25 – New Horizon
11 New Order – Ceremony
12 Stockholm Monsters – Happy Ever After
13 Quando Quando – Tingle


CD 02: Life’s A Beach (1981 – 1986)

01 A Certain Ratio – Shack Up
02 New Order – The Beach
03 Section 25 – Looking From A Hilltop
04 A Certain Ratio – Skip Scada
05 Kalima – Sparkle
06 Marcel King – Reach For Love
07 Cabaret Voltaire – Yashar (Remix)
08 52nd Street – Cool As Ice
09 New Order – Confusion (1987 Version)
10 Fadela – N’Sel Fik
11 Quando Quando – Genius
12 Happy Mondays – 24 Hour Party People


CD 03: The Beat Groups (1979 – 1989)

01 Joy Division – Wilderness
02 Tunnelvision – Watching The Hydroplanes
03 The Distractions – Time Goes By So Slow
04 The Wake – Talk About The Past
05 Stockholm Monsters – Partyline
06 Happy Mondays – Kuff Dam
07 New Order – Age Of Consent
08 The Railway Children – Brighter
09 The Durutti Column – Otis
10 Miaow – When It All Comes Down
11 Revenge – Seven Reasons
12 James – Hymn From A Village


CD 04: Selling Out (1987 – 1990)

01 New Order – True Faith
02 Happy Mondays – W.F.L. (Think About The Future)
03 The Durutti Column – The Together Mix
04 Northside – Shall We Take A Trip (12″ Version)
05 New Order – World In Motion
06 Steve Martland – The World Is In Heaven (Classical Version)
07 Electronic – Getting Away With It
08 The Wendys – Pulling My Fingers Off
09 Cath Carroll – Moves Like You (7″ Version)
10 Northside – My Rising Star (12″ Version)
11 Happy Mondays – Step On (Remix ’91)
12 Joy Division – Atmosphere

FACT > Upon its release in 1991, the “Palatine” box set attempted to represent the brilliant and diverse musical spectrum of Factory Records. However, with only 49 songs spread thinly across four CDs, the content of “Palatine” is somewhat lacking, and also oddly organized. While numerous tracks were made available for the first time on compact disc, some key anthems are missing, and only two tracks from the Factory Benelux imprint are included. On the positive side, the mastering here may be the best you’ll find for some selections, as Factory management was notorious for neglecting master tapes. Shortcomings aside, “Palatine” still proffers plenty of memorable moments in British indie music history.

Various Artists – The Factory Story (1978-1992)


Part One: Too Young To Know, Too Wild To Care…


Part Two: Different Colours, Different Shades…

FACT > As a companion to the Factory Too label, Factory Once was established by Tony Wilson and London Records to reissue some of the former Factory’s finest moments. Once released expanded versions of The Durutti Column’s back catalog of albums, a Happy Mondays compilation, and this two-volume retrospective—somewhat of a poor man’s “Palatine.” As evidence of FCL’s neglect for its original master recordings, a couple of the tracks on these discs are sourced from vinyl. Thankfully, nearly all of this material has since been properly remastered and reissued, most notably by James Nice via LTM Records. The one interesting exception unavailable elsewhere is Karl Denver’s 1989 single, “Wimoweh”, produced by Graeme Park and Mike Pickering.

Various Artists – North By North West

Various Artists
“North By North West”
2006 Korova (UK)

CD Manchester
01. Buzzcocks – Boredom
02. The Fall – Repetition
03. John Cooper Clarke – I Don’t Want To Be Nice
04. Magazine – Shot By Both Sides
05. Buzzcocks – What Do I Get?
06. The Durutti Column – Sketch For Summer
07. Joy Division – Transmission
08. The Passage – Fear
09. Blue Orchids – Work
10. The Distractions – Time Goes By So Slow
11. A Certain Ratio – Shack Up
12. Ludus – My Cherry Is In Sherry
13. New Order – Ceremony
14. The Smiths – How Soon Is Now?

CD Liverpool
01. Spitfire Boys – British Refugee
02. Yachts – Suffice To Say
03. Will Sergeant – Fuzztronic
04. Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – Electricity
05. Echo & The Bunnymen – The Pictures On My Wall
06. Wah! Heat – Better Scream
07. Lori & The Chameleons – Touch
08. The Teardrop Explodes – Reward
09. Echo & The Bunnymen – Rescue
10. Care – Flaming Sword
11. The Pale Fountains – There’s Always Something On My Mind
12. Dalek I Love You – Holiday In Disneyland
13. The Lotus Eaters – The First Picture Of You
14. Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Relax

INFO > Given the upcoming Premier League match between Manchester United and Liverpool, this collection seems an appropriate post. Compiled by journalist and author Paul Morley, this ‘particularly interesting local history’ offers Mancunian and Liverpudlian perspectives on the punk and post-punk scenes Up North between 1976 and 1984.


Various Artists – And Here Is The Young Man

Various Artists
“And Here Is The Young Man”
1998 Debutante (UK)
555 976-2

01. Joy Division – She’s Lost Control (12″ Mix)
02. New Order – Ceremony
03. U2 – 11 O’Clock Tick Tock
04. Magazine – A Song From Under The Floorboards
05. Happy Mondays – Wrote For Luck (Vince Clarke Remix)
06. Jilted John – Jilted John
07. John Cooper Clarke – Beasley Street
08. The Psychedelic Furs – Susan’s Strange
09. Kissing The Pink – Don’t Hide In The Shadows
10. The Durutti Column – For Belgian Friends
11. The Names – Night Shift
12. ESG – Moody
13. Basement 5 – The Last White Christmas
14. New Fast Automatic Daffodils – Get Better
15. Slaughter And The Dogs – Cranked Up Really High
16. The High – More (Madness)
17. World Of Twist – She’s A Rainbow
18. Martin Hannett – Second Aspect Of The Same Thing

INFO > This second compilation of Hannett productions shares only five songs in common with “Martin” (while “She’s Lost Control” and “More” appear on both discs, the mixes are different). Also recommended for collectors is “Zero: A Martin Hannett Story”, issued by Big Beat in 2006 (and with surprisingly minimal track redundancy).

And Here Is The Young Man

Various Artists – Martin

Various Artists
1991 Factory Communications Ltd (UK)
FACD 325

01. Buzzcocks – Breakdown
02. Slaughter And The Dogs – Cranked Up Really High
03. John Cooper Clarke – Suspended Sentence
04. Joy Division – She’s Lost Control
05. Jilted John – Jilted John
06. A Certain Ratio – Do The Du
07. Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark – Almost
08. U2 – 11 O’Clock Tick Tock
09. New Order – Everything’s Gone Green
10. Happy Mondays – Lazyitis
11. World Of Twist – She’s A Rainbow
12. New Fast Automatic Daffodils – Get Better
13. The High – More

FACT > The recent passing of Martin Rushent reminded me that this year marks the 20th anniversary of another profound loss: Martin Hannett, who died on 18 April 1991. Born just six weeks apart in 1948, contemporaries Rushent and Hannett were two of the most influential producers of their era; both employed new technologies to create innovative and unique sounds. Early in his career, Hannett worked under the pseudonym Martin Zero, and quickly developed a reputation for being idiosyncratic, obsessive, and controlling in the studio. Personality issues and questionable techniques aside, Hannett’s results are brilliant, evidenced by three posthumous collections showcasing the eclectic producer’s work. Factory issued “Martin” shortly after Hannett’s death, in tribute to his immense contribution to independent music.

NOTE > The OMD track included here, “Almost” (B-side of “Electricity”), is actually the version produced by Paul Collister. The Hannett mix may be found on the 2003 reissue of the band’s eponymous debut album.