29 October 2013FAC Yeah!
Cerysmatic's bookfest continues with a recommendation for all you Facsters out there to grab a copy of Bob Stanley's excellent new tome 'Yeah Yeah Yeah'. Tracking the history of modern pop music in nearly 800 pages it touches on Factory Records at a few key moments in its own unique history: the birth of the label ("with Bauhaus-inspired designer Peter Saville and pharmacist-by-day producer Martin Hannett, Factory had an integrated and entirely distinctive look, feel and sound"), Joy Division (commenting that their album Unknown Pleasures' sound "revelled in space - in this instance the underpasses, the empty streets of post-industrial Victorian Manchester"), the Haçienda ("its denizens were inspired to go home and create more of the music they wanted to hear") and Happy Mondays ("They looked like drug dealers from a run-down Manchester estate because that's exactly what they were.").
Yeah Yeah Yeah is published by Faber and Faber (ISBN 978-0-571-28197-8) for 20.00 GBP (RRP). More info at bobstanley.co.uk
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