19 November 2012The Names - Swimming double vinyl [FBN 9]
Bonus tracks include the popular singles Calcutta, Nightshift, The Astronaut and Spectators of Life, and the band's John Peel session from February 1982, the first ever recorded by a Belgian band. The gatefold sleeve also features original artwork and poster design by Benoit Hennebert, and photographs by Marc Portée.
2. Floating World
3. The Fire
4. Life By the Sea
5. White Shadow
7. Shanghai Gesture
8. Leave Her to Heaven
10. Music for Someone
13. The Astronaut
14. Spectators of Life
15. Life By the Sea (Peel Session)
16. Discovery (Peel Session)
17. Shanghai Gesture (Peel Session)
18. Harmony (Peel Session)
Artist: The Names
Label: Factory Benelux
Catalogue number: FBN 9 (18 tracks)
Release date: 11 February 2013
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