James have been hitting legal wrangles over one of their album tracks. The track, which will be the band’s next single in September, was originally to be called ‘Fred Astaire’ but now it’s going to be called ‘Just Like Fred Astaire’ for legal reasons.
“We’ve heard from the Fred Astaire estate that if we call it ‘Fred Astaire’ we may suffer the legal consequences – of a bruised shin, I should think, if it’s Fred Astaire. He’ll tread on our feet while dancing the tango”, Tim explained to Radio 1.
“We approached them (the estate), we tried to get footage for the video and they were like ‘under no circumstances would we allow the name of the great Fred to be linked with a snotty band of four men from Oxford playing pop music in England. We know all about your type.'”
The new James album, ‘Millionaires’ also features contributions from Sinead O’Connor and Faithless, who are also hoping to work with Sinead, but since becoming a Catholic priest and her subsequent impersonations of a fruit loop, plans have been put on hold.
“Interest expressed from Sinead and Sinead’s people, as it were. But Sinead’s got a few things to get through so we’ll see what happens over the coming weeks”, said Maxi from the band.