11 June 2011Coffee, no table
Colin Gibbins' 'Factory Records World First Exhibition in the Music Medium' which ran at the Ducie Bridge on 7-8 May reminded us that for all the high ideals, high art and high concept hi-fi, Factory Records relied on one very valuable, and oft-overlooked resource: the punter.
Arranged almost as a record (Peddlar) shop homage - with every vertical surface covered in hanging plastic vinyl wallets - each Factory release was on show, many complete with their duplicate formats and covers: snakeskin, cardboard, sandpaper.
No index cards, explanations nor intellectualisation, no counting nor box ticking: this was Factory with feet firmly on the ground rather than nose in the air.
A working class jewel in the belly of the increasingly middle-class beast.
[Better late than never!]
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