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Meaty Marr-Might Sandwich: The Smiths/James: Brixton Ace, London

Live Review by Richard Cook, New Musical Express, 9 March 1985

JAMES ARE POISED on the cusp of something that might be new, that's certainly afloat with ideas. It was too short a set to say, ...

James: Institute of Contemporary Art, London

Live Review by Mick Brown, The Guardian, 21 March 1985

HIGH FLYING in the independent charts, the current darlings of the music press and publicly championed by Morrissey, lead singer with the Smiths — these ...

Wire, James: Bloomsbury Theatre, London

Live Review by Don Watson, New Musical Express, 3 August 1985


From An English Village: James

Report and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Spin, October 1985

"WHEN PUNK HAPPENED," says Tim Booth, "there was a big explosion of energy, but eventually the energy was dissipated, and in the last few years ...

James: Four Imaginary Boys

Interview by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, 15 March 1986

"I'D LIKE TO put a disclaimer in at this point: Mat Snow is using very long word and drawing us into an academic discussion of ...

James: London School of Economics

Live Review by Paul Mathur, Melody Maker, 5 July 1986

A HALL THE size of our front room, dug deep in a warren of classrooms. It brought an evening of quippy po stutter, some smallish, ...

James: Stutter (Sire) ***

Review by Chris Roberts, Sounds, 26 July 1986

I AM TRYING to think of a group other than The Housemartins who look more boring than James. I am having big trouble in this ...

James: Strip-mine (Blanco Y Negro LP/Cassette/CD)

Review by Don Watson, New Musical Express, 1 October 1988

THE FIRST thing to say is that this is not the LP that James are capable of. By today's standards certainly it's excellent, but it's ...

James: Marquee Club, London

Live Review by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, 3 July 1989

SO WHY AREN'T James chartbusters both sides of the Atlantic? The nascent uplifting strains of the new songs are certainly well-crafted enough. And they're no ...

Band of Holy Joy, James: Manc Magic Majestic

Live Review by Len Brown, New Musical Express, 9 December 1989

Band of Holy Joy, James: Cambridge Corn Exchange ...

James: Striking The Motherlode

Interview by Paul Lester, Melody Maker, 5 May 1990


James: The Corn Exchange, Cambridge

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Melody Maker, 26 May 1990

THE INORDINATELY beautiful riverside buildings, rather middle England airs and homicidal cyclists of Cambridge are 150 miles and several worlds south of Manchester. The only ...

James: Gold Mother (Fontana)

Review by Jon Wilde, Melody Maker, 9 June 1990


James: Standing Room Only

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Vox, December 1991

It's taken eight years for Manchester pop princes James to become a BIG DEAL. But before the stadia of the world are rocked, there's that ...

James: Seven

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, March 1992

A YEAR AGO, with Gulf War self-censorship at fever pitch, the Phonogram board would have needed sedation after the opening lines from 'Mother': "These wars ...

James: Seven — Booth's New Gold Dream: Are James mutating into Simple Minds?

Review by David Cavanagh, Select, March 1992

OF COURSE, there's more to life than Indie music — there's getting out and meeting people: there's having money: there's not having to submit yourself ...

James: Nice One!

Profile and Interview by Mat Snow, Q, April 1992

They used to be called Venereal and The Diseases. They owe their career to a bank manager called Roger. They've sold their souls to the ...

Memories of a Freezing Festival… James/PiL: Alton Towers, Staffordshire

Live Review by Betty Page, New Musical Express, 10 July 1992

IT WAS NEVER really on the cards, was it, after a perfect Glasto, all sun and good vibes. There, James were last-minute bridesmaids; this was ...

James: First We Take Manhattan

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Vox, August 1992

And then we take — Alton Towers? In preparation for their Fourth of July bash at the noted Midlands leisure resort, James have been touring ...

James: Town & Country Club, London

Live Review by Paul Lester, Melody Maker, 2 January 1993


The Soup Dragons and James Tour America Together

Report and Interview by Paul Zollo, Musician, February 1993

"OUR GREATEST ambition is to play on the NASA Space Station," says Sean Dickson, songwriter and singer of the Soup Dragons. "We want to be ...

Morrissey, the Ever Marketable

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 27 March 1994

Feeling neglected in the U.S., the uncompromising singer courts a larger audience but vows to stay true to himself-and those who've deified him ...

James: No Folk on the Wah Tour

Report and Interview by Barbara Ellen, New Musical Express, 17 September 1994

They laugh! They drink! They 'partake' of nitrous oxide! Is this the JAMES of indie-folk wibble dancing legend? No! This is the About To Be ...

Wrinklie riot — James: Town & Country, Leeds

Live Review by Dave Simpson, The Guardian, 15 March 1997

The fans are older, their knees are shot and they can't dance any more (if they ever could) Dave Simpson joins James's sell-out tour ...

Valiant James Back From the Brink

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, May 1997

James: The Roxy, Atlanta, Georgia ...

James: Lucky Jim

Profile and Interview by Andrew Mueller, The Independent, 11 July 1997

THE LAND AROUND here looks like nothing much at all, which is why it can be made to look like almost anything you like. ...

Lollapalooza: Coral Sky Amphitheater, West Palm Beach, Florida

Live Review by Will Hermes, Spin, September 1997

"DO YOU WANNA see the first band, or do you wanna see me jump to my death?" a paunchy MC bellowed from a perch atop ...

James: Manchester Apollo

Live Review by Dave Simpson, The Guardian, April 1998

ONCE UPON a time, when James performed their most famous song 'Sit Down', whole audiences would do just that. Nowadays it's tempting to suggest the ...

James: Manchester Apollo

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Melody Maker, April 1998

IT'S LIKE Last Night Of The Proms without the flags, pomp, and dubious patriotism and with infinitely better music. To my left, the first of ...

James: Millionaires (Mercury 5463862)

Review by Stuart Maconie, Q, November 1999

WELL-OFFThey've struck gold. Again. ...

James: "We sold 30,000 T-shirts a month!"

Interview by Andrew Mueller, Uncut, May 2007

IT'S EASY TO FORGET how huge James were. And still are — eager fans snapped up 25,000 tickets for their reunion tour in just half ...

James — The Making Of 'Sit Down'

Interview by Nick Hasted, Uncut, October 2010

IT TOOK A WHILE TO HIT, but this Manc anthem of "madness and frailty" was inescapable in 1991. "It can still be an amazing, healing ...

see also Tim Booth


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