20 June 2008
Celebrate Originality 
Todays issue of the Manchester Evening News comes complete with a sixteen page 'special' on this weekend's 'The Tony Wilson Experience'. The special includes interviews with some of the participants (Peter Saville, Steve Coogan, Stephen Morris, Liam Spencer, Sue Woodward, Mark Radcliffe, Alan McGee, Kevin Cummins, John Robb, Matt Greenhalgh and Prof. Brian Cox) as well as tribute adverts from Manchester Council, SSR, The Haçienda, ITV Granada and City College Manchester.

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The Names

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

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