01 August 2008The Doors
The 10 ft high doors, "through which countless roadies lugged gear", according to cerysmatic friend and MOSI Senior Archivist Jan Hargreaves, "were donated by Mike Caulfield as a result of the Haçienda 25th birthday event we had at Dry Bar. Mike had been storing them at his business premises and was preparing to move, so needed to find a home for them. They officially became part of the collections in May this year and were moved to the Museum last week for installation in the exhibition."
Little known fact: the Haçienda All-Star Humping Crew, who usually operated said doors, included at various times: a New Order bass player; a New Order (eventual) manager; a professor of psychology; an archeologist; a lab technician; the front of house engineer for Stone Roses & Happy Mondays; a metallurgist; an IT manager (yours truly) and, of course, a Slim.
Items also on display include posters, album sleeves, Fac51b flexidisk, flyers, artwork, membership cards and application forms and a Fac86r model of the Haçienda (the 1991 reprint of the original FAC86).
Entry to the exhibition is free. MOSI is open Monday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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