14 February 2010
Factory also have to pay the producer 
Given that Factory's venue (mis)management skills were detailed in a book entitled How not to run a club, approaching them for advice on running a record label does not, with the benefit of hindsight, seem like a good idea.

Similarly, using Happy Mondays as an example of good music business would seem almost negligent.

Back in the latter half of 1988, though, the outlook was different.

Factory had reached the ten year mark, business at the Hacienda was picking up (even if the reason for it was played down), New Order and Happy Mondays were busy 'recording albums', Dry was around the corner and Factory were still playing with the imagery of multinational corporations rather than believing - disastrously - they actually were one.

In this context, Factory's contribution to the Granada TV youth educational program - I.T. - recently posted in two parts on a famous video website, makes perfect sense.

Aired in early 1989 and narrated by Bob Greaves, with a youthful cast (in order of appearence) that included: John Pennington, Martin Hannett, Happy Mondays, Tony Wilson, Nathan McGough, Tina Simmonds, Chris Smith, Tony the Greek, Matt and Pat, Keith Jobling, Richard Heslop, Jeff Barrett and Kevin Cummins, and taking in locations such as Strawberry Studios, 86 Palatine Road, 48 Princess Street, CSD in Stevenson Square and Heaven in London, the program follows the recording, production, launch and promotion of the album Bummed.

Do any of the participants look like they know what is about to hit them?

Would Granada TV have produced such a programme - aimed at children of an impressionable age - if they knew?

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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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