‘MR MANCHESTER’- THE BRILLIANT TONY WILSON
The sheer number of notes, articles and obituaries warmly laying gratitude for a number of Manchester’s greatest achievements to Tony Wilson is seemingly endless. Though the argument is often battled- ‘Would Joy Division exist without Tony Wilson?’ Well, yes, it is reasonably difficult to imagine the city we know to exist in this way, if had not have been for the life and work of the aptly named Mr Manchester. His influence is inimitable- from the bands he represented, to the bands they subsequently inspired, to Punk being broadcast to the mainstream for the first time, to nightlife and clubbing- the list could go on forever. With Underground’s inception firmly rooted in the early 80’s Manchester, we offer our thanks to a man who changed music, Manchester and subcultures in Britain.
Earlier last month, we posted an article on the brilliant clairvoyance of Tony. Today, we’d though we’d let the music speak for itself. Here are our Top Ten videos that relate back to the genius of Tony Wilson in some way or another.
SEX PISTOLS LIVE TV DEBUT- ANARCHY IN THE UK
JOY DIVISION- ATMOSPHERE
BUZZCOCKS- WHAT DO I GET
HAPPY MONDAYS- KINKY AFRO
JOHN COOPER CLARKE- TWAT
DURUTTI COLUMN- SKETCH FOR SUMMER
IGGY POP- THE PASSENGER
NEW ORDER- CEREMONY
SIOUXSIE SIOUX- MAKEUP TO BREAK UP & METAL POSTCARD
THE CLASH- JANIE JONES
FOR OUR FULL PLAYLIST OF TONY WILSON INSPIRED TUNES, CHECK OUT OUR SPOTIFY PLAYLIST OF THE DAY HERE.