19 November 2012A trip to the Factory Benelux vaults
FBN 9 The Names - Swimming [double vinyl]
FBN 9 CD The Names - Swimming
FBN 10 CD Crispy Ambulance - The Plateau Phase
FBN 12 CD The Durutti Column - LC
FBN 29 CD The Wake - Harmony
Watch this space for more releases to come on FBN.
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