Mark from Moston was on the phone to me during my KFM show last Sunday. Besides casually suggesting that I play MC Buzz B’s “Never Change” single, he said, “Why are you not out on the streets celebrating?”
I thought, what? Have the government abdicated, has my salary been doubled or the poll tax been abolished? “What do you mean, Mark?”
“You should be celebrating because the James single has gone straight into the Top Ten of the national charts at number seven.”
Later on that evening, a dyed-in-the-wool Guns n Roses heavy metal fan hanging round the studio tells me he’s worried he’s turning into a townie. “Why’s that?” I ask innocently.
“Because I really like that single by James, although I prefer that one they had out a while ago, Come Home. Don’t tell any of my mates” he whispers conspiratorally.
So celebrate in the streets if you like, but in the case of James, a top ten hit was inevitable. No band as good as them could carry on with such a huge cult following without hitting the big time.
With the band’s strongest line-up in years and writing the best songs they’ve ever written, it’s all come at exactly the right time.
Currently, their number seven single Sit Down, is being played to death on Radio One, where it’s tipped as a number one single by a number of DJs including Simon Bates and Steve Wright.