Press release for James’ single How Was It For You.
James are one of the original wave of new Manchester bands, they appeared at the same time as The Smiths, and were accorded the ‘Morrissey’s favourite band’ label. Previously the band have released three albums, and built up a sizeable live following, enabling them to sell out large venues across the country.
Their first single for Fontana will be ‘How Was It For You?’ produced by the band and Nick Garside and mixed by Tim Palmer.
Each format of the single will feature a previously unavailable James track, and will be very much in demand from their very loyal fan base.
James play an extensive UK tour right through June and three shows in May, Cambridge, Brighton and the WOMAD Festival.
The band are guaranteed extensive music press coverage around the release of the single and are recording a John Peel session to transmit in May.
The band’s last single on Rough Trade was a Mark Goodier hit-lister on Radio One and they are no strangers to daytime radio.
PREVIOUSLY UNAVAILABLE TRACKS
7″ ‘WHOOPS’ (live) Recorded in Manchester
12″ ‘HYMN FROM A VILLAGE (live)’ Recorded in Manchester, ‘LAZY’ – New Track not on forthcoming LP
CD ‘HYMN FROM A VILLAGE’ (live), ‘UNDERTAKER – New Track not on forthcoming LP
RELEASE DATE : 30th APRIL, 1990
JIM 5 How Was It For You? / Whoops (Live)
JIM 512 How Was It For You? / Hymn From A Village (Live) / Lazy
JIMCD 5 How Was It For You? / Hymn From A Village (Live) / Undertaker
James Single News
June 1989: James kick off a long-term recording relationship with Rough Trade Records with the single Sit Down released on June 19th. Sit Down looks set to build on the success of the indie chart-topping One Man Clapping live album; the b-side Sky Is Falling shows the band have lost none of their out-spoken concern for environmental issues.
The full track listing for the twelve inch version is as follows :
- Side A : Sit Down (Extended Version)
- Side B : Goin Away, Sound Investment and Sky Is Falling
Keyboardist Mark Hunter is welcomed aboard the line-up for a national tour – dates as follows :
- 16th Liverpool Royal Court
- 17th Nottingham Trent Polytechnic
- 19th Bristol Bierkeller
- 20th Leicester University
- 27th Manchester Ritz
- 28th Manchester Ritz
- 3rd London Marquee
- 4th London Marquee
James Live Album
For you, the doldrums are over. On March 20th, One Man Clapping Records, through Rough Trade, release One Man Clapping, JAMES first vinyl output since September 88 and an ill-fated liaison with Sire Records
The new album shows the band at their very best – totally live – recorded at a series of 3 special concerts at Bath Moles Club in October 1988. One Man Clapping features the “classic” James line-up of Tim Booth (vocals), Gavan Whelan (drums), Jim Glennie (bass) and Larry Gott (guitar).
Following Gavan’s departure, JAMES take to the road with new members David Baignton Power, known for his session work with It’s Immaterial and other leading North West bands, on drums and Saul Davies on violin, guitar and percussion.
The tour dates are :
March 14th : Newcastle University
March 15th : Sheffield University
March 16th : Hull University
March 18th : Manchester Free Trade Hall
March 21st : Birmingham Powerhouse
March 22nd : London Dominion
A band of four square men. Manchester-based.
Their music reflects their relationship with each other over a seven year period.
Two singles released on Factory Records, which, when combined, reached No. 1 on the Independent chart.
The last six years spent sharpening their songs, with the occasional tour as support to New Order and The Smiths.
Signed worldwide by Seymour Stein’s Sire label, with Blanco Y Negro in collaboration in the UK, for a modest advance on 11.11.84, in return for their independence in the material world.
The single “Chain Mail” was released in February 1986. The LP Stutter is released in August 1986. Both produced by Lenny (Suzanne Vega) Kaye.
A second album, Strip Mine, released 8.9.88. Produced by Hugh Jones. Features the cuts “What For”, “Medieval”, “Not There” and “Return”.
Looking forward to meeting your aquaintance.