The Names \ Spectators Of Life [LTMCD 2320]
Belgian post-punk band The Names are best remembered for a string of superior singles and an album on the Factory and Crépuscule labels between 1980 and 1982, all produced by Martin Hannett. This archive collection includes all three tracks from the rare debut 7" from 1979, plus 10 live tracks recorded between 1979 and 1981, of which 8 are songs never studio-recorded. The earliest of these gigs, a Belgian radio concert, features Nothing To Fear, Memories and a version of the classic Factory single Nightshift. The show from Oostakker from summer 1980 includes Questions And Answers, Other Enquiries and I Wish I Could Speak Your Language.
Also included are two Crépuscule compilation tracks (Tokyo Twilight and Ballade a Tervuren), and the TWI 111 b-sides Shining Hours and Revenge. Two outtakes from the later Jazz project also appear, including a cover of I'm In Love With a German Filmstar, originally a hit for The Passions in 1981.
1. Spectators of Life (7")
2. White Life (7")
3. The Drive (7")
4. Nothing to Fear (live 1979)
5. Foreign Rendezvous
9. Mirrors (live 1980)
10. Questions and Answers
11. I Wish I Could Speak Your Language
12. Other Enquiries
13. Burn (live 1981)
14. Tokyo Twilight (from TWI 058)
15. Shining Hours (from TWI 111)
16. Revenge (from TWI 111)
17. Virtual (outtake by Jazz)
18. I'm In Love With a German Filmstar (outtake by Jazz)
19. Ballade a Tervuren
Available on CD and download. CD runs for fully 73 minutes and has been digitally remastered from the original master tapes. Booklet includes recording details and biographical notes. Original artwork by Benoît Hennebert.