15 June 2010
Shadowplayers book competition 
Win a copy of Shadowplayers: The Rise and Fall of Factory Records by James Nice plus other goodies in Cerysmatic Factory's new competition.

The winner will receive a copy of the book, the Shadowplayers DVD from 2006 and to complete the impressive prize list the limited edition new vinyl album reissue of Section 25's Always Now by Drastic Plastic in the US. The 180 gram vinyl features a facsimile of the original Peter Saville pochette envelope.

To be in with a chance of winning this, ahem, factastic prize answer the following question (courtesy Mr Nice):

"On the DVD version of Shadowplayers, a pedigree Weimaraner dog can be seen running back and forth in the background during Tony Wilson's interview at his Little Peter Street loft in 2005. The dog made quite a mess in the hall... What was his name?"

Entries by email please. The competition closes 10pm Sunday 27 June and the winner will be pulled out of the Cerysmatic hat shortly thereafter. Usual competition rules apply: only one entry per person please and the winner will be notified by email.

Good luck!

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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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