Justhipper: The Complete Sire & Blanco Y Negro Recordings 1986-1988, a 2017 Compilation Album by James.
Compilation of Warner Group recordings from ’86-’88, containing Stutter, Strip-mine and bonus material.
Skulduggery / Scarecrow / So Many Ways / Just Hip / Johnny Yen / Summer Song / Really Hard / Billys Shirts / Why So Close / Withdrawn / Black Hole
Chain Mail / Uprising / Hup-Springs / Justhipper
What For / Charlie Dance / Fairground / Are You Ready / Medieval / Not There / Ya Ho / Riders / Vulture / Stripmining / Refrain
Ya Ho (Single Version) / Mosquito / Left Out Of Her Will / New Nature / What For (Climax Mix) / Island Swing / James Who? A Talk With (Interview)
|Release Name:||Justhipper: The Complete Sire & Blanco Y Negro Recordings 1986-1988|
|Release Date:||28 July 2017|
|Produced:||As original albums|
|Engineered:||As original albums|
|Mixed:||As original albums|
|Additional Musicians:||As original albums|
|Recorded:||As original albums|
After two singles on Manchester’s Factory label, James signed to Sire Records in 1986. The major label issued the band’s debut album Stutter, prefaced by non-album single ‘Chain Mail’, as the band were touted by the press as the next Smiths.
After moving to another Warner imprint, Blanco Y Negro, James released their second album – the more traditionally melodic Strip-mine – in 1988. Single ‘What For’ should have been a massive hit but it wasn’t. Despite being lauded by some quarters of the music press, James was eventually dropped by the label.
After a self-financed label, they signed to Rough Trade and enjoyed indie hits with ‘Come Home’ and ‘Sit Down’. Then Madchester arrived, James joined another major, Fontana, and the rest is history…
Justhipper is the first compilation encompassing all of James’ recordings for the Warner Group across the mid-to-late 80s. Both albums have been remastered and are joined by all of the band’s non-album singles A and B sides and different mixes. The package ends with a rare, promotional-only interview with the band.
Issued in July 1986, and fuelled by enthusiastic reviews, Stutter reached No. 68 in the UK charts. The album was recorded at Liverpool’s Amazon Studios and produced by Lenny Kaye, guitarist with the Patti Smith Group. In 2007, The Guardian included Stutter in their 1000 Albums To Hear Before You Die.
After protracted recording sessions in 1987 at Rockfield Studios with Hugh Jones at the helm, followed by a remix, James’ second album Strip-mine was finally issued in September 1988. Promoted by the single ‘What For’, the LP peaked at No. 90 in the UK charts.
Housed in a deluxe foldout Digipak, this is the ultimate tribute to the early years of James.
- Are You Ready? : 1988
- Billy’s Shirts : 1986
- Black Hole : 1986
- Chain Mail : 1986
- Charlie Dance : 1988
- Fairground : 1988
- Hup-Springs (a.k.a. Sandman) : 1986
- Island Swing : 1988
- Johnny Yen : 1986
- Just Hip : 1986
- Justhipper : 1986
- Left Out Of Her Will : 1988
- Medieval : 1988
- Mosquito : 1988
- New Nature : 1988
- Not There : 1988
- Really Hard : 1986
- Refrain : 1988
- Riders : 1988
- Scarecrow : 1986
- Skullduggery : 1986
- So Many Ways : 1986
- Stripmining : 1988
- Summer Song : 1986
- Uprising : 1986
- Vulture : 1988
- What For : 1988
- Why So Close : 1986
- Withdrawn : 1986
- Ya Ho : 1988
- 1980s: The Wilderness Years
- James: Ya-Ho Les Inrockuptibles Review (French)
- The List Gig Guide (Edinburgh/Glasgow)
- James Interview – Sounds
- Jimmy Jimmy (Unknown Interview)
- Tour And So Many Ways News – Melody Maker
- James : A Bunch Of Clever Yobbos – Smash Hits
- The Gentle Touch – Melody Maker
- NME So Many Ways News