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It makes a lot of sense to honor iconic ’80s label Factory Records with a DJ night. Even the imprint’s resident suicide-waiting-to-happen, Joy Division vocalist Ian Curtis, once urged his listeners to “Dance, dance, dance, dance/Dance to the radio.” Besides, tonight’s spinfest will celebrate the upcoming release of 24 Hour Party People, a label-approved (and heavily fictionalized) filmic history of Factory that takes its title not from anything by Curtis & Co. but from something by another bunch of influential Mancunians: Happy Mondays, who released the X-generation anthem “24 Hour Party People” on their hometown’s biggest indie in 1987. In case you missed the pioneering Brit-funk of A Certain Ratio (first single: 1979’s “All Night Party”) or the pioneering techno-pop of New Order (first album: 1981’s Movement), that song made Factory’s long-held local-and-proud subtext perfectly clear: Surviving a postindustrial wasteland demands not postindustrial angst but postindustrial ass-shakin’. Do some of your own, courtesy of Factoryphilic DJs Medusa and Strange at 10 p.m. at the Metro Cafe, 1522 14th St. NW. $5. (202) 588-9118. (Leonard Roberge)