Dan from Occultation Records has been in touch with news of reunited ex-Factory band Distractions, who will release their second album The End Of the Pier in August, a mere 32 years after their first album. Makes Dexys look prolific. The press release highlights the challenges of putting a band back together in middle age, with the band members spread around the world.

Mike Finney “I rather like the idea of a world tour but it’d interfere with watching my son’s football practice. Besides taking time off work is a bit tricky, so we’ve had to forego six weeks traversing North America in a bus and settle for two shows in Salford”.

The gigs will be at the end of the summer, supported by Factory Star (Martin Bramah) and 80s indieists The June Brides.

I’ve not got any Distractions on the hard-drive that I haven’t posted before at the moment, so this post’s song is by fellow 80s Factory signings Abecedarians, post-punk from LA.

Smiling Monarchs

As a further distraction the picture shows Lee Miller photographed by Man Ray. I don’t know if anyone’s getting bored of these shots of 20s life but I like them. I may run out soon though.

>I Put Your Statue Up In Albert Square


That’s Albert Square Manchester, not Albert Square Walford. I had an email from a reader called Dan, who also lives in the cultural desert of Sale. Dan pointed me in the direction of The Distractions, a largely forgotten early Factory Records band. The Distractions released Fac 12, a wonderful piece of guitar pop called Time Goes By So Slow. The record was Single Of The Week in the NME and drew praise from Paul Morley (a bit inevitable perhaps) and Jon Savage, who called them ‘the perfect youth club band’. There are so many little gems in the Factory back catalogue and this song is one of them. From Factory they went to Island, and then back to the independent sector with Rough Trade before splitting in 1981. They have become active again recently recording and gigging, and are set to release a compilation album this year. If this little blog helps to shift a couple of copies of that, or just jog a few memories, I’d be very happy.

06 Time Goes By So Slow.wma