17 December 2008
Roll up! Roll up! 
Rhino UK has announced, on the Cerysmatic Factory Message Board, that the 4CD Factory Records Box Set 'Factory Records: Communications 1978-1992' is now available to pre-order from Rhino.co.uk. Moreover, the first 100 copies come with a free roll Factory Records FAC 136 adhesive tape.

The full release date is 12 January 2009.

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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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