28 December 2008
From the 'Because I Say So' Files 
We have a winner! As we reach the tail end of 2008, a late entry sneaks in just under the wire for this year's running of our Most Gratuitous Reference to Factory Records stakes.

And now, not by a nose, but by a mile... a Factory Records-related namecheck that is so far past gratuitous (and just downright weird) that it sails right into egregious. Ladies and gentleman, we give you "one of the most renowned video artists of her generation", Annika Larsson.

From the press release for her new video Dolls: "Painted on the ground and the walls, lines and symbols are borrowed from Suprematism or Futurism as well as from signs that are used to teach humanoid robots how to find their way and execute some tasks in a given space. The three lines on the wall are thus taken from a New Order album cover by Peter Saville, itself inspired by the cover of an issue of the Futurist journal by Fortunato Depero."

THUS?!? (I know I always think of New Order when I think of teaching humanoid robots how to find their way.)

OK, maybe we'll let her have her reference to Movement, even if the lines have no proportional, spatial or colour relationship to said artwork. What we won't let her get away with is the fact that she can't count. There are FOUR horizontal lines on the cover of Movement, not three. (The "borrowing" part is more Saville than her execution. How appropriate.) Let's hope she only gets paid 3/4 for her work.

Video trailers here and here.

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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".

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