The Names
The Names

Swimming (2CD edition) [FBN 9 CD] | The Names

Factory Benelux presents a single CD edition of Swimming, the acclaimed album by Belgian new wave group The Names, originally issued in June 1982.

Between 1979 and 1982 The Names recorded a string of excellent records for Factory, Factory Benelux and Les Disques du Crépuscule, all helmed by legendary producer Martin Hannett. Recorded at Strawberry Studios in Manchester, Swimming has come to be regarded as a cold wave classic, combining strong songwriting from Michel Sordinia and poised, tasteful delivery by guitarist Marc Deprez and keyboards player Christophe Den Tandt.

Bonus tracks include singles Calcutta, Nightshift, The Astronaut and Spectators of Life, as well as 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 Benoît Hennebert, and photographs by Marc Portée.


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. Music for Someone
11. Calcutta
12. Nightshift
13. Life By the Sea (Peel Session)
14. Discovery (Peel Session)
15. Shanghai Gesture (Peel Session)
16. Harmony (Peel Session)

Available via Factory Benelux Mailorder.

Also available on download and a double vinyl LP edition.

The Names
The Names