Thursday, August 16, 2007

Mr Manchester lives on

This week, fans all over the world are mourning the death of television personality and Factory Records founder Tony Wilson. In the UK, Wilson was like our Jerry Springer and Colonel Tom Parker rolled into one, an overly confident television host who, through perseverance and wit, shaped the Manchester music scene into an artist's oasis. In the 2002 film 24 Hour Party People, actor Steve Coogan deftly captured the wit and assuredness of Wilson, as the film follows him from TV newsman to curious fan to major player in the 'Madchester' music scene.

For an amazing profile of 'Mr Manchester,' check out a this piece written by Paul Morely for UK's The Observer. And here's a video piece on his life complete with interviews and clips from his series So It Goes.

To celebrate the life of Wilson, a(nother) viewing of this fine film is in order. The music of 24 Hour Party People is obviously crucial to the story, as it's a reflection of the music that Tony Wilson tirelessly championed. I've reassembled them here in order as they appeared in the film.

Playlist: 24 Hour Party People Rssmbld Sndtrck

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1 comment:

drake leLane said...

Rssmbld Sndtrck - 24 Hour Party People

1. 24 Hour Party People - Happy Mondays
2. No Fun - The Sex Pistols
3. Ever Fallen In Love? - Buzzcocks
4. World In Motion - New Order
5. Money's Too Tight To Mention - Simply Red
6. Solid Air - John Martyn
7. Anarchy In The U.K. - The Sex Pistols
8. The Passenger - Iggy Pop
9. In The City - The Jam
10. No More Heroes - The Stranglers
11. Wimoweh (The Lion Sleeps Tonight) - Karl Denver
12. Janie Jones - The Clash
13. Digital - Joy Division
14. Bass Ace - Prince Far I
15. Dream Of A Child - The Durutti Column
16. A Message - Prince Far I
17. She's Lost Control - Joy Division
18. Love Will Tear Us Apart - Joy Division
19. Transmission - Joy Division
20. Rowche Rumble - The Fall
21. Atmosphere - Joy Division
22. Skipscada - A Certain Ratio
23. Blue Monday - New Order
24. Tart Tart - Happy Mondays
25. Voodoo Ray - A Guy Called Gerald
26. Wrote For Luck - Happy Mondays
27. Move Your Body - Marshall Jefferson
28. Loose Fit - Happy Mondays
29. Kinky Afro - Happy Mondays
30. Go (Original) - Moby
31. Belfast - Orbital
32. What Would We Do (Original Mix) - DSK
33. The Adventures Of Robinson Crusoe - City of Prague Philharmonic
34. Satan (Industry Standard) - Orbital
35. Sunshine And Love - Happy Mondays
36. Hallelujah (Maccoll Mix) - Happy Mondays
37. Here To Stay (Radio Edit) - New Order