Factory: The Story of the Record Label

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The Factory nights that Wilson et al booked at the Russell Club were proof of this. This approach extended to A Factory Sample , the double 7" that was the first Factory Records release.

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Three sides of the records were taken up by artists who were Russell Club regulars. Rounding it out was a true outlier: comedian John Dowie. Those were all snapped up as well. All would be on the shelves by mid The level of activity that Factory Records kept up in its earliest years set a template for the label up until its demise in the early s. Wilson and his cohort barreled forward blindly, making snap decisions that would wind up biting them in the end.


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The label was forced to file for bankruptcy after their failed attempts to sell off their most lucrative assets—the catalogs of Joy Division and New Order —to another label. The problem was that, per a rough contract they signed early on, the bands owned the rights to their music. What Factory had going for it, especially in those early days, was a sharp ear for talent.

Factory - The Story of the Record Label

OMD, on the other hand, stood well outside the moody, postmodern sounds of everything else Factory had put a number to that point. Wilson, who was married and divorced twice, is survived by his companion, Yvette Livesey, as well as by a son, Oliver, and a daughter, Isabel. Wilson, who held onto his job at Granada while he ran Factory, started several labels after Factory shut down, most recently F4, but none lasted long. For the last 15 years his consuming project was In the City, a music-business conference in Manchester, which he founded with Ms.

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