19 July 2008
30 John Dalton Street, the building that once housed musty record shop Rare Records - one-time workplace of shop assistant Ian Curtis - has undergone a GBP 4 million refurbishment to become Ithaca - a bar/restaurant aimed at 'high net-worth individuals'.

Though not without being touched by the hand of god: objections by Canon Dennis Clinch of nearby 1848 church St. Mary's 'the hidden gem' (venue of Tony Wilson's funeral service) have restricted Ithaca's opening hours to 01:00 am rather than their requested 04:00 am (more on this at manchesterconfidential.com).

A pale imitation of the John Dalton Cafe - with Krug Clos Du Mesnil at a mere GBP 1000 per bottle.

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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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