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

Live Review by Richard Cook, New Musical Express, 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, ...

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, 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: Stutter (Sire) ***

Review by Chris Roberts, Sounds, 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: Marquee Club, London

Live Review by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, 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, December 1989

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

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: 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, 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 ...

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 ...

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, Independent, The, 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, Guardian, The, 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. ...

see also Tim Booth

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