06 July 2010
Shadowplayers competition winner 
We are happy to announce that Shih-Lun Chang is the winner of the recent Shadowplayers competition having been belatedly drawn out of the Cerysmatic hat.

A copy of Shadowplayers: The Rise and Fall of Factory Records by James Nice plus the Shadowplayers dvd and the Drastic Plastic reissue of Always Now by Section 25 will be on their way soon. The correct answer to the question was "William" (the name of Tony Wilson's Weimaraner).

Thanks to everyone who entered. We'll do it again no doubt.

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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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