28 January 2010
The Last Testament of Ian Curtis 
The new edition of Uncut [#154, March] magazine features an extensive cover story by Stephen Dalton about Joy Division centred around the release of the FACT 25 Closer album.

Replete with lesser-seen photos and new interviews with all remaining key players including Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris, Michael Johnson, Kevin Hewick, Alan Hempsall and Vini Reilly it tells the story of the months and weeks before and after Ian Curtis's suicide and the eventual release 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".

- extract from the official website biography

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