Brian James
Brian James

Brian James Biography (Wikipedia)

Brian James (born Brian Robertson, 1950 in Hammersmith, London) is an English punk rock guitarist, who is best known for being a founding member of The Damned as well as The Lords of the New Church.

He began his musical career playing in several proto-punk bands like Bastard, London SS and The Subterraneans. James moved on to The Damned, writing almost all the material on their first two albums Damned, Damned, Damned and Music for Pleasure before leaving at the end of 1977.

James then formed the short-lived Tanz Der Youth together with Andy Colqhoun (ex-Warsaw Pakt) on bass, Alan Powell on drums and Tony Moore on keyboards. They toured with Black Sabbath and released the single I'm Sorry, I'm Sorry / Delay in 1978.

In 1979 James played in Iggy Pop's solo touring band and recorded his first solo single Ain't that a Shame, which had Stewart Copeland on drums. He guested on The Saints' 1982 album, Out in the Jungle. He would later co-found and play in The Lords of the New Church with Stiv Bators. He recorded three studio albums and one EP along with several live albums with the band, playing from 1982 until their break-up in 1989.

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