One of the key reasons the Inspiral Carpets ended up being successful was our sheer bloody cheek. We built up such a head of steam that, without any investment, expensive video and press budgets, or the help of a management or record company promotional department, we managed to get to No. 49 with ‘Move’ in the UK singles chart.

I sometimes get sent questionnaires from PhD students reading at American universities who are writing about the cultural implications of the Manchester scene as represented by The Stone Roses, Happy Mondays and Inspiral Carpets. They quiz me about Factory records and often assume that Inspiral Carpets would have loved to have signed a recording contract with Factory, when in reality the truth couldn’t have been more different.


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