September is the month for new things connected to Manchester music.

  • September 1971: Richard Ashcroft born.
  • September 1978: "Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)" released by Buzzcocks. People should love it, and they do.
  • September 1978: Joy Division's first television performance; the Granada Reports host is Tony Wilson, who later co-founds Factory Records.
  • September 1979: Ian Curtis gets his first guitar; it's eventually inherited by Bernard Sumner and used in early New Order songs.
  • September 1983: James release their first record, "Jimone" (Factory Records).
  • September 1985: Factory Records release the first official record by Happy Mondays. It is delightful.
  • September 1987: "Strangeways, Here We Come" released by The Smiths; their final studio album.
  • September 1989: Inspiral Carpets record "This Is How It Feels"; becomes their first Top 40 single.
  • September 1990: Factory Record's headquarters (FAC 251) open on Charles Street, near BBC Manchester's Oxford Road building.
  • September 1991: The Stone Roses release "I Wanna Be Adored". They are.
  • September 1994: Release of "Definitely Maybe", Oasis' debut album. Straight to number one.
  • September 1995: The UK's number one album is "The Charlatans" by The Charlatans.
  • September 1995: Chemical Brothers single "Life Is Sweet" released; guest vocalist is Tim Burgess from The Charlatans.
  • September 1997: The Verve's "Drugs Don't Work" single gets to number 1 in the UK; their first #1.

Hopefully a good month for 2000 Tunes!

(Guest post written by Mark Hopton).