Moves Like You

Another record Factory couldn’t sell to put alongside Marcel King’s Reach For Love was Cath Carroll’s album England Made Me and its pretty wondrous single Moves Like You. Both came out in 1991 by which point Factory had at least accepted promotional activity might help some artists but apart from New Order, Electronic and Happy Mondays nothing else really sold in anything like the quantities needed to keep the wolf from the door. In typical Factory fashion they threw huge amounts of money at Cath Carroll too- Wilson loved her- and the album was recorded partly in Sheffield, partly in Sao Paulo, partly in Chicago and partly in London. With Steve Albini at the controls and with a Robert Mapplethorpe portrait on the cover. Some people blamed the album for Factory’s demise but the problems ran far deeper this record.

Moves Like You is a brilliant song- starting out with some very 1991 bleeps and then a massive electronic bassline, before Cath’s vocal comes in. There’s a great housey piano part and the whole thing is very effortless and light on its feet. This is what St Etienne would have sounded like if they’d been based in Didsbury not Camden. But it didn’t sell. This version is from the 12″, remixed by Martin Phillips.

Moves Like You (12″ Version Remix)

When It All Comes Down

Cath Carroll’s band Miaow with a magic slice of jangly indie-pop from 1987, sounding more C86 than Factory. Includes yodelling and has a wonderful period piece video too. Belle And Sebastian for one have surely heard this record.

Moves Like You

Factory Friday. Reader Michael recently got in touch. He kindly pointed me in the direction of some mp3s he had of various cassettes that came with Select magazine, including the Factory Records one (which had the honour of a Factory catalogue number, FAC 305c. These things matter.) Two of the songs on the tape are by Factory legend Cath Carroll. Originally a member of Manchester’s punk band Glass Animals, later renamed Gay Animals, they had the intention of being ‘the lesbian Rolling Stones’. To a bit more acclaim she formed Miaow who were on the famous NME indie compilation c86 (possibly at least partly through her connections as an NME writer). Miaow signed to Factory in 1987 but disbanded a year later. Cath recorded a solo album for Factory- England Made Me released in 1991. This song is a lovely piece of indie-electropop. Tony Wilson always said she should have been a massive star.

Moves Like You

Michael has links for the full Factory cassette, the Secret Tracks compilation and the Creation one too. I’ll check to see if he doesn’t mind you having a look at them. Sharing is caring.