05 January 2009
Love remains 
Our new Parisien friends, Pascal et Sylvie, have posted more "80s analogue cameras with built-in microphones" videos from their 1987 UK 'tour' that was first mentioned here last month.

The latest videos, dated 13th August 1987, feature A Certain Ratio in rehearsal at their Soundstation 1 studio in The Boardwalk, and feature (previously recorded) Only Together from Force, and (yet to be recorded) Coldest Days from Good Together.

Five points for recognising this as being recorded during the spell of endless showcase gigs and demo sessions in the run up to the ill-fated A&M deal.

Ten points for spotting that the track Coldest Days grew out of Donald Johnson's one-man-band live drum soundcheck.

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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".

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