09 February 2012
Radio - recorded transmission 
Listen to the Radcliffe and Maconie Show on BBC 6 Music on Friday 10 February (probably around 3pm) to hear Chris Hewitt give 6Music's Elizabeth Alker a tour of the Kenion St Music Building in Rochdale. This was home for many years to Cargo Studios, Tractor Music and Suite 16 Studios and which bore witness to many Factory and other bands' recording activities (most notably Joy Division).

The building is about to be revamped and open as a studio again after 11 years of being empty so this radio documentary is very well timed.

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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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