|Dates connected with James:||1989 - 2001, 2007 to present|
Birthday : November 5
Band Nickname : Chunney Lad
First gig : Gary Numan
Mark joined James in the spring of 1989, having been recommended by Mick Armistead who had played keyboards on One Man Clapping. He was nineteen at the time and working in Preston where he had done sound engineering for the likes of The Membranes and the infamous Macc Lads.
At Mark’s first session with the band, he recorded the piano intro to the original 12″ version of Sit Down without being aware he was being recorded. He made his live debut at Liverpool Royal Court on June 16.
When asked about Mark in 1993, Tim said “The quietest man I’ve ever met. It took us about two years to get a sentence out of him. Now, actually, he’s much more chatty. You never heard what he played – you never hear what he plays, ever, until you get to the studio. At first it used to really bug us, but now no-one cares, because it’s always bloody good.” This has become a running joke within the band that Mark never says anything.
During the band’s hiatus between 2001 and 2007, Mark worked with The Bluetones as well as Ainslie Henderson, initially through the Fame Academy BBC tv programme.