In 2007, Tony Wilson passed away, leaving behind a legacy of music that forever changed the world. Joy Division? New Order? Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark? Happy Mondays? He guided them all under his troubled if not iconic Factory Records imprint. Dubbed “Mr. Manchester,” Wilson devoted so much of his life to the rampant culture of the industrial UK city, from founding and managing the raging Haçienda and Dry Bar to working as a radio and television presenter for Granada Television and the BBC. While he lost tons of money in the process, he led one hell of a revolution.
Now, his brethren are paying tribute with a new song titled “St. Anthony: An Ode To Anthony H Wilson”. Written by poet Mike Garry and composed by Joe Duddell, the emotional six-minute anthem receives an accompanying video that features New Order (Bernard Sumner, Stephen Morris, Gillian Gilbert), Iggy Pop, comedian and actor Steve Coogan (who portrayed Wilson in the fantastic 24 Hour Party People), Factory designer Peter Saville, and many more. Those heart-wrenching strings you hear were undoubtedly pulled from New Order’s delicious track “Your Silent Face” off 1983’s Power, Corruption & Lies.
“St. Anthony: An Ode To Anthony H Wilson”, in addition to a remix by Andrew Weatherall, will be available digitally and on white 12″ vinyl come August 14th via Skinny Dog. Those with means to travel to Manchester, UK might be interested in attending the single’s launch party, which goes down the same day at Granada Studios and features Garry, Duddell, and a band. All proceeds go towards the Christie Charitable Fund.