Mike Pickering was one of the resident DJs through the halcyon period of the Haçienda. He was also in Quando Quango and, later, M People. We spoke to him shortly after artefacts from the Haç had been auctioned off.
**So. Did you buy a bit of wood from the auction then? ** I made the highest bloody bid. Even the DJ box went for about a grand. I bought a painting from the Shiva night, which was actually done by my wife, but that actually got up to £3,200. And then I bought a big bit of the dancefloor for £400. What I really wanted was an Anthony Blunt picture, but they’d all gone. I got some bricks. One of the bricks is for [Mark] Kamins, it’s his Christmas present.
How did you come into the orbit of the Factory people? I met Rob Gretton at 16-years-old. We were Manchester City supporters, and we got chased by a load of Nottingham Forest supporters in Nottingham. I just jumped in a garden and hid behind a hedge and he did the same thing. That was it then. We were best mates. He managed Joy Division and New Order, though he was a DJ at the time.