January: James play Wembley Arena as part of the indie night of the Brit Awards
January: James play five songs included the unreleased Ring The Bells on the roof of Piccadilly Hotel in Manchester. 5,000 people turned up and the Manchester traffic was brought to a standstill
February – March: James retire to the Manor complex in Oxford to start recording the follow-up to Gold Mother
February: Three weeks before the single release, James perform Sit Down on Terry Wogan’s primetime BBC chatshow.
March: Sit Down single released
March: James play a secret show at Paris La Locomotive club where they preview ten songs from their recent demos that were to form the basis of the Seven album, albeit sounding radically different and including Pressure’s On and the unreleased Somebody Help Me
April: Come Home live video released
May: The Gold Mother album is rereleased with Sit Down and Lose Control replacing Hang On and Crescendo. Fans are offered the opportunity to exchange a copy of the old album for a new copy at branches of Our Price.
June: James preview three new songs – Heavens, Protect Me and Born of Frustration – live on Channel 4’s Friday Night At The Dome
August: After their own set was curtailed by power failure and with Andy and all their equipment shipped home, James are drafted in at the last moment to headline the Hultsfred Festival in Sweden after Status Quo withdrew.
August: James headline Reading Festival and are critically mauled for daring to play Sit Down early in the set and playing five new songs.
September: James complete recording of the Seven album with Youth at Olympic Studios in London
September – November: James embark on their biggest ever tour, 31 sold out dates previewing most of the Seven album, which should have been ready to coincide with the tour.
November: Sound single released
December – James play a pre-Christmas fan-club show at Warrington Parr Hall previewing all 11 tracks from the Seven album, the show being filmed for subsequent release as the Seven Live Video