19 November 2012
The Names - Swimming [FBN 9 CD] 
Factory Benelux presents a new CD edition of Swimming, the debut album by Belgian new wave group The Names, originally issued in June 1982.

Bonus tracks include the popular singles Calcutta and Nightshift (also produced by Hannett) and the band's February 1982 Peel session. This new CD edition also features original artwork and poster design by Benoit Hennebert, and photographs by Marc Portée.

Swimming is out 9 February 2013 on the revived Factory Benelux imprint.


1. Discovery
2. Floating World
3. The Fire
4. Life By the Sea
5. White Shadow
6. Harmony
7. Shanghai Gesture
8. Leave Her to Heaven
9. Light
10. Calcutta
11. Postcards
12. Nightshift
13. Life By the Sea (Peel Session)
14. Discovery (Peel Session)
15. Shanghai Gesture (Peel Session)
16. Harmony (Peel Session)

Artist: The Names
Title: Swimming
Label: Factory Benelux
Format: CD
Catalogue number: FBN 9 CD (16 tracks)
Release date: 11 February 2013

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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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