17 June 2008Shall We Take A Trip #2
Designer, John Rooney explains the background and influences: "We have created graphic work for this exhibition based on what remains following the demise of the Haçienda. The language is taken from situationist texts and the visuals represent the colorways of the bollards in the Haç, the shapes represent rain (a constant in this city). Both myself and my colleague Pam Shaw have a long history regarding the Haçienda. Pam worked closely with Factory Records for many years, and I am course leader in MA Typography at University of Salford so this project was extremely important to us."
Some of John's work is still visible in the window of the Green Room in Whitworth Street (and not the John Dalton Building at MMU as previously stated) for the next few days.
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