Iggy Pop, Members of New Order and Happy Mondays Record Tribute to Factory Records founder Tony Wilson
Wilson, the flamboyant music executive who established the post-punk label in Manchester and signed to it the influential bands Joy Division (which later became New Order) and Happy Mondays, is being remembered with the work "St. Anthony: An Ode To Anthony H Wilson".
Poet Mike Garry contributed the lyrics and Joe Duddell composed the music, which is inspired by New Order’s “Your Silent Face”. The single features artwork by Peter Saville (who appears in the video) and a remix by Andrew Weatherall, and can be purchased in various formats from Aug. 14 via Skinny Dog. Proceeds from the recording and from ticket sales for a launch party at Old Granada Studios will benefit the Christie Charitable Fund, which supports patients battling cancer.
Wilson branched out into live music in the 1980s when he helped launch the infamous Hacienda nightclub in Manchester. He died Aug. 10, 2007 after suffering a heart attack at the age of 57, He'd battled with cancer in the prior months.
Steve Coogan, who played Wilson in the 2002 feature film 24 Hour Party People, also appears in the “St. Anthony” video which can see seen below.