06 November 2013A History of Facs in the Attic Parts 1-3
If you're wondering how much your Factory Records collection is worth or you're looking to fill in a few gaps you could should check out our ongoing Facs in the Attic series conceived and curated by Cerysmatic's guest star Paul Pledger.
Part 1 and Part 2 deal with Factory Records / Factory Communications Limited and then there's Part 3 which takes a trip to our friends in the Low Countries in the form of Factory Benelux and a bit of Les Disques du Crépuscule.
Watch out for further instalments...
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