01 April 2012
The Periodic Table of Factory Records 
Our sister site The Factory Records Catalogue has recently launched The Periodic Table of Factory Records, a graphical representation of the classic Factory Records (Factory Communications Ltd) catalogue. Based on the print version which appeared several years ago in Scream City fanzine, the table links to each of the catalogue entries and shows trends in the numbering of releases by the key protagonists in Factory's history.

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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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