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There are at least 3 bands calling themselves The Names:

1. A late 70s Post Punk band from Brussels, Belgium.

2. A late 70s five-piece power pop band from Chicago, Illinois who released the single “”Why Can’t It Be” b/w “Baby You’re A Fool” in 1977.

3. A late 70s “KBD” punk band from Phoenix, Arizona (un)known for their songs “Young Romantics”, “Love/Hate” and “I Don’t Like Radio”. The band later became Red Squares.

4. Names is a folk-band that consists of Chris Rubeo and filmmaker Brian Barth.

Biographies are listed below:

1) The Names were a Post-Punk band from Brussels in Belgium that formed in 1978 around bassist and songwriter Michel Sordinia. After playing in local gigs as The Passengers, they changed their name in time for their debut single, Spectators of Life, released by WEA in 1979 to test the market for home-grown new wave music.

The band were keen to sign to a British label, and connected with Factory Records at a gig by Joy Division at the Plan K venue in Brussels. The Names recorded Nightshift in Manchester in August 1980, with producer Martin Hannett. The single is representative of their overall sound: dark, controlled modern rock in the mould of Magazine, Comsat Angels and Joy Division/early New Order, with accomplished keyboards and songwriting.


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  • leneheart

    14 Feb 10:05pm Reply
  • limonad_limonad

    Хитовые парни. Нельзя сказать, что получилось всё.

    6 Nov 2014 Reply
  • PatsyStoneMyers


    31 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Auland

    Finally, the main image is changed.

    14 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Pioneer80

    Typical early Factory sound. Sounds like the early New Order, The Wake, Section 25 and so far. Grat sound....great Martin Hennet!!!

    18 Nov 2013 Reply
  • limonad_limonad

    Это хорошая группа.

    8 Jul 2013 Reply
  • DropSoap

    What is this? I'm listening to "Names", not "The Names".

    18 May 2013 Reply
  • Jamesismynamo

    V False. Can everybody head over to names and suggest that it's correct? That won't affect your scrobbles for The Names, but there are a few legitimate bands that go by "Names" and their scrobbles are incorrectly going here.

    7 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Lobotomy77's recommendation system really came through this time. The Names are great!

    18 Mar 2013 Reply
  • ShadowolfIncubi

    I'm in looove with a German film star! <3

    2 Mar 2013 Reply
  • awangend

    The Names on AWANGEND:

    23 Feb 2013 Reply
  • evilstereofairy


    5 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Accept-Yourself

    Great band, one of the very best of the post punk/new wave era. Very unique too in my opinion and under rated. Swimming and all of their singles are masterpieces.

    3 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Iamjustapeasant


    15 Oct 2012 Reply
  • waxvulture

    I am so sorry to upset an individual as mature as yourself. Does anyone know how to play the main guitar melody from Discovery? I think I am tone deaf. I can transcribe what I have for you, but I am not sure if it's right.

    3 Aug 2012 Reply
  • p0wer_v1olence

    I don't mind the photo. Grow up.

    17 Jul 2012 Reply
  • waxvulture

    AUGH, that photo is terrible and no one likes it. Make it go away.

    22 Jun 2012 Reply
  • JameGumb1986

    Отличная группа. Для меня такие песни как Discovery, The Fire, Life by the Sea, Calcutta и Nightshift - лучшие примеры пост-панк/нью вейва. Я давно искал в новой волне именно это настроение - мрачноватое, меланхоличное, мечтательное. Они мне напоминают ранние New Order, Q. Lazzarus и OMD. Глубокий гипнотический саунд от талантливых бельгийцев. Безусловно это одна из самых важных нововолновых команд наравне с ранними New Order

    23 Oct 2011 Reply
  • synistrycrow

    buen grupo

    3 Sep 2011 Reply
  • clenchedteeth

    honestly one of the best post punk bands out there. on par with the wake and the sound,

    27 Aug 2011 Reply
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