31 August 2003Where are they now?
On the 4th of August 1991, the second day of Cities in the Park took place in Heaton Park, Manchester. Factory bands took over the line-up and there were performances from Electronic, Happy Mondays, Revenge, Cath Carroll, The Adventure Babies, The Durutti Column.
"Manchester is still alive... and London, New York and all the rest are still dead"
30 August 2003Peter Saville Talk
The Peter Saville Show is on until 14 September.
Post punk cult band The Names emerged in the winter of 1977-1978 as The Passengers, gathering immediate attention on the local Brussels scene. In 1979, after a series of successful gigs and a crucial step forward opening for Magazine, they recorded their first E.P. ("Spectators Of Life") and attracted the interest of prominent label Factory Records in Manchester.
Their first British studio session (at Stockport's Strawberry Studio) produced the single "Nightshift" / "I Wish I Could Speak Your Language (Fac 29). Receiving enthusiastic reviews in the UK and abroad, it marked the start of a long and fruitful collaboration with producer Martin Hannett. The album "Swimming" followed as well as more singles, including "Calcutta" and "The Astronaut".
- extract from the official website biography