James - gleefully part of that breath of fresh air called Madchester.

James - gleefully part of that breath of fresh air called Madchester.
James – gleefully part of that breath of fresh air called Madchester.

Click on the link here for Audio Player – James – In session for John Peel – October 19, 1983 – BBC Radio 1

Although they first arrived on the scene as an Alternative/Post-punk band, James evolved into one of the cornerstone bands of the Madchester movement in the late 1980s/early 1990s. But they had all the earmarks early-on as a band to be on the look out for, but it really wasn’t until 1990 that the band took off and became a successful on both sides of the Atlantic.

In this session, their first for John Peel in October of 1983, the band were really only about a year old and undergoing one of several changes they were to encounter often during their period together the first time around.

After calling it quits in 2001, the band did stage a reunion in 2007 and have been together since.

But tonight it’s James early-on, when things were new and success was just around the corner – and the future hadn’t happened yet.


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