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Kevin Hewick


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() based singer-songwriter.

The Factory Years

The based singer songwriter (who has seen a revival of interest in the mid 2000’s and a new label, Burning Shed) was an early member of the Records roster. Following the death of Ian Curtis (lead singer in Joy Division), Hewick was trialed by Factory owner Tony Wilson, who placed him in the studio with the remaining members of Joy Division (Peter Hook, Bernard Sumner, Stephen Morris) and producer Martin Hannett to record the track Haystack.

Other Factory releases included the controversial live side of the “A Factory Quartet” double album in 1981 - “Live tracks picked against my wishes by Tony Wilson of a confrontation between me and a very aggressive audience - I never lived it down” and the single “Ophelias Drinking song” - “Kinda weird but I kinda like it” - which featured producer Donald Johnson of A Certain Ratio on percussion and was mixed by Peter Hook of New Order.

“Tony Wilson used to sound out ideas with me all the time, very like the fictional Steve Coogan Tony does with the John Thomson charecter in “24 Hour Party People”. He once told me about the
idea of The Hacienda and I said you can’t even run a record company properly how are you going to run a club as well? In the end I lost my novelty, Tony was moving onto newer, more exciting projects than me and I was a bit more of a whinger in those those days too, so that was that, it all faded away.


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  • aguynamedguyuk

    Passionate and eloquent, Kevin is one of the greatest songwriters to ever come from the Midlands and deserves far more success than he has had. Also one of the nicest and most supportive people you could ever meet.

    2 May 2010 Reply

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