James are probably best known for their many hit singles and mega-selling “Best Of” album, but there is a lot more to them than that. From their first releases in 1985 until the as yet unreleased new album, they have never written a song in the traditional way. They have always just got together and jammed and whatever came out came out. This was how “She’s A Star” came about and “Sit Down” and “Destiny Calling”. Seems so simple, doesn’t it?
But, you don’t make records like those by just jamming unless you have got an awesome amount of talent in the band. Tim Booth as singer tends to be who people think of as “James”, but there is a lot more besides. Saul Davies plays violin and guitars and is becoming a more dominant force in the band. Dave Baynton-Power is the man behind the drum kit. Jim Glennie is on bass while Adrian Oxaal, from Canada, provides lead guitar and also plays cello. Mark Hunter plays keyboards and Michael Kulas gives us backing vocals and sometimes guitar.