Come Home single released. James perform a triumphant UK tour despite being flu-ridden for most of it. Audiences take to stage invasions and mass sit-downs when Sit Down is played.
James record the Gold Mother album at Out Of The Blue in Bury and the Windings in Wrexham.
Mark Hunter joins James on the recommendation of Mick Armistead, James on-and-off keyboard player during 1988. Following the success of One Man Clapping, James reach agreement with Rough Trade to release a couple of singles and to record an album.
Saul and Dave join the James and have their first gig at Newcastle Riverside. One Man Clapping is released.
James play three nights at Bath Moles Club, recorded for later release as One Man Clapping. Following an on-stage fight with Tim at a Stoke Polytechnic ball and a recent history of major arguments, Gavan is asked to leave the band.
Ya Ho single released. Strip-mine album released. Using a loophole in their record contract stating that Sire must inform the band in writing six months after delivery of the second album that they wanted to take up the option of five more albums, James break free from Sire.
James headline an Anti-Clause 28 show at Manchester International supported by The Stone Roses.
What For single released. James play a small UK tour to promote the release of What For.
James play a three night tour of Manchester, London and Birmingham despite another delay to the release of the Strip-Mine album.
James play two nights at Manchester Green Rooms including an acoustic set.
James record the original version of the Strip Mine album at Rockfield Studios in Wales with producer Hugh Jones.
James play two live shows at London ULU, broadcast by GLR, and Northampton Ring The Bells as preparation for their upcoming recording sessions.