26 January 2011
The Whole Ike Yard 
Latest news from our good friend Stuart Argabright in NYC on Ike Yard and related projects:

Ike Yard are into the process of unearthing unreleased tracks from '81-82. Outpost 13 look set to return to London in April for a gig at Vortex Club on the 14th and a JG Ballard event on the 22nd. Finally, Stuart's first group in DC, Rudements (early '78) will be on Kris Needs' Dirty Waters 2 Birth of Punk.

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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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