Ongoing History Daily: Tony Wilson’s FAC-numbered coffin
Factory Records was the Manchester-based indie label that cranked out records from Joy Division, New Order, Happy Mondays and so many more. From the beginning, they had a reputation for doing things…differently.
Everything the label did–everything they produced–was given a catalogue number starting with the letters FAC. New Order’s “Blue Monday” 12-inch single was FAC 73. But this number system wasn’t restricted to just records. For example, the Hacienda nightclub was FAC 51. The club’s cat was FAC 191. A radio commercial was FAC 294. And when founder Tony Wilson died of a heart attack on August 10, 2007, even his coffin was given a FAC number.
For the record, it was FAC 501. Perfect.