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5. A Brief Pause In 1978

An aside, from 1978: Tony Wilson and Alan Erasmus, not quite yet having formed Factory Records in Manchester, put together a band out of bits of other local bands. Wilson would have been entirely aware that that the title RETURN OF THE DURUTTI COLUMN deliberately misspells the name of Spanish anarchist Buenaventura Durruti, but names the band The Durutti Column. Mostly, I suspect, so he can call the first album RETURN OF THE DURUTTI COLUMN. A well-read man, Wilson employs another Situationist notion, and sells the record in a sleeve made of sandpaper, so that it will slowly destroy the other records in the owner’s collection.

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