26 November 2009
Paperweight on their shoulders 
Alongside the promotional poster and the "leaf" promo brooch (in gold and in silver editions), Factory Records really went to town when it issued the ultra-rare commemorative New Order True Faith paperweight bearing the Factory Records catalogue number FAC 183.

Thanks to Mike Stein for imagery.

Lest we forget: the Twelve Inches of New Order promo ruler, the Touched By The Hand of God promo footballs, the World in Motion T-shirts, shorts and caps, the Little Louie for New Order and, most grandly of all, the Power, Corruption & Lies anvil sculpture (to commemorate 500,000 sales of the album).

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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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