Formed 1982.

Manchester indie rock band

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James join Radcliffe and Maconie in the studio

Larry Gott and Tim Booth of Manchester band James join Mark and Stuart in the studio.

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James are a British rock band from Manchester, England. They formed in 1982 and were active throughout the 1980s, but most successful during the 1990s. Their hit singles include "Come Home", "Sit Down", and "She's a Star" as well as their American college radio hit "Laid." Following the departure of lead singer Tim Booth in 2001, the band became inactive but reunited in January 2007, returning for a new album and international tour. Up to 2010, the band had sold more than 25 million albums worldwide.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of The Morning After

    The Morning After 2010

    Reviewed by David Sheppard
    An unexpectedly poignant turn from the indie veterans.
  2. Review of The Night Before

    The Night Before 2010

    Reviewed by Tom Hocknell
    The reconvened James sounds too comfortable on this new mini-album.
  3. Review of Hey Ma

    Hey Ma 2008

    Reviewed by Chris White
    An impressive return to form from a group who continue to craft their own distinctive...
  4. Review of Laid

    Laid 1993

    Reviewed by Ian Wade
    James’ masterpiece from 1993 marked the beginning of their work with Brian Eno.
  5. Review of Gold Mother

    Gold Mother 1990

    Reviewed by Chris Roberts
    For many their defining album, Gold Mother encapsulates the essence of James.
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