Monday, January 30, 2006


Although XFM has been trying to push itself as the young voice of alt-rock, it's decided to fall back on the generation before last to staff its Manchester outpost.

Andy Rourke (yes, out The Smiths) and Clint Boon (Inspiral Carpets) are both in the dj list, along with Paul 'hasn't really done a lot since The Sunday Show, you know, the one with Peter Kay on it" Tonkinson is going to take breakfast, while Debris fanzine editor and Hacienda legend Dave Haslam getting a slot on Fridays. Its unclear if anyone under the age of 40 has a show on the network at this stage:

"Sometimes I can't work out whether I'm putting together a radio station or forming Manchester's best ever band," said the Xfm network managing director, Nick Davidson.

"This city has been crying out for a station like Xfm, which was born out of music from the Madchester era. It's a momentous occasion for a city like ours, which has been starved of a radio station with a passion for credible indie-rock music," he said.

Hmm... we could have sworn that the station was born out of a pirate radio service part-funded by The Cure, rather than a desire to bring Northside to a bigger audience, but what would we know?