Submitted by Robin Blackburn
After a short stint with Manchester punk band Ed Banger and the Nosebleeds, guitarist Vini Reilly joined the Durutti Column in 1978. This early version of the band recorded two tracks for Factory’s first release, ‘A Factory Sample’ EP, but, after the other members all quit, the band effectively became Reilly’s solo project. Over the years, other musicians have been drafted in as necessary, but Durutti Column has mainly remained a vehicle for Reilly’s guitar and occasional vocals.
Reilly’s first album, ‘The Return of the Durutti Column’ (1980) consisted of nine guitar instrumentals with effects added by producer Martin Hannett. The next two releases, ‘LC’ (1981) and ‘Another Setting’ (1983) introduced Bruce Mitchell, Reilly’s most regular collaborator over the years, on drums. 1984’s ‘Without Mercy’ added brass and strings, and by the time of 1987’s ‘The Guitar and Other Machines’ Reilly was writing more conventional songs, with vocals and other instrumentation fleshing out the sound. In 1988 Reilly contributed his distinctive guitar to Morrissey’s solo debut album, ‘Viva Hate’, before returning to Durutti Column, using sequencers and samplers to move towards a more dance-influenced sound.
After the collapse of Factory in 1992, Reilly has recorded for various labels, regularly releasing new albums throughout the 90s and into the new millennium, documenting the continuing evolution of his guitar sound and songwriting style.