Andrew Weatherall delivers a touching remix of charity single, ‘St. Anthony: An Ode To Anthony H Wilson’, which is dedicated to the late Mr Manchester, Tony Wilson.
9 days ago was the anniversary of Tony Wilson’s untimely death in 2007, dubbed ‘Mr Manchester’, Tony Wilson was the founder of Factory Records – signing New Order, Joy Division and The Happy Mondays – and opened the legendary nightclub The Hacienda, which is widely credited as the birthplace of the acid house revolution in the late 80s and early 90s.
He wasn’t only a nightclub and record label owner though, Tony Wilson was also a journalist and TV presenter on Granada news, beaming into millions of homes across the Northwest every evening.
Last week there were a number of tributes to the enigmatic Wilson, including a special poem read out by close friends and collaborators including Bernard, Gillian and Stephen from New Order, Christopher Eccleston, Iggy Pop, Peter Saville to name but a few.
That eulogy is being released as a charity single, alongside a rather stunning 9-minute Andrew Weatherall remix with all profits going to charity.
Speaking about his impact, Weatherall said, “Tony Wilson was one of the gatekeepers to a parallel universe of dark exoticism. I was obsessed with the Factory thing.”
‘St. Anthony: An Ode To Anthony H Wilson’ is available to download and buy on CD and white vinyl 12”, all featuring the Weatherall remix. Skinny Dog Records is a label formed by members of I Am Kloot and Elbow. All profits from the single will go to The Christie Charitable Fund.