So, I finally got a chance to watch “24 Hour Party People” over the weekend. It turned out to be a great film charting the rise and fall of Factory Records.

For those of you not in the know, Factory Records was home to Joy Division, New Order, O.M.D. and the Happy Mondays. They were one of the more influential independent labels in the 1980’s that helped harbor the electronic sound in Manchester. One could even go so far as to say that they’re partially to blame for the rise of techno.

One of the things that made Factory so infamous is that they gave catalog numbers to everything they put out. Ads, flyers, nightclubs, t-shirts and the office cat were all given catalog numbers. To the left is FAC299, a simple black on black tee containing the Factory logotype and catalog number in the fine print. It’s a great shirt that’s bound to get a question or two out of everyone but the most discerning music geek. Besides, Bluecat is offering free international shipping on any order which ought to make the shirt “worth it”.

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