One Of The Three was created in 1999 by David Brown, a life-long James fan from Manchester. The site aimed to fill the gap left by a couple of other fan sites that were established in the early 1990s that were no longer updated and to provide the latest news, gig reviews, discography and a comprehensive document of the band’s history and a reference source for anything to do with the band.
“As an archivist, Dave has more knowledge about James than I do. As a promoter, he has probably done more for us than any of our record companies. I don’t read or trust reviews, but I trust Dave’s ears. So long as he is happy and coming to our gigs, I know we are doing something right.” – Tim Booth, September 2011
The site survived the band’s hiatus between 2001 and 2007 and was the site that first broke the news of the band reforming before it was officially announced. With the advent of social media and, in particular, Facebook groups, the news and current information function of the site has been superseded; however in the social media world the site forms an even stronger role as the definite reference site as fans share their love and stories of the band online. There is not a more complete archive of the band anywhere online.
OneOfTheThree.com, which is 100% self-funded, is completely independent of the band and the people who run the official James website and social media channels.It went through a major technology and content upgrade in 2016 with the help of long-time James fan Dan Starr, who continues to manage the site with David.