09 September 2008Adios to the bearded bassman
"Section 25 and bassist Roger Wikeley have parted company..... The reasons are several, but overall the feeling is amicable with the band as a whole remaining good friends with the bearded bassman!
We all sincerely thank Roger for his contribution and most of all, the laughs.....! .... We wish him well in his future musical endeavours."
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