Everyone knows James, yeah? The band that has one song. If you’re English, it’s “Oh Sit Down next to me”, if you’re American it’s the one off the American Pie soundtrack (Laid).
Yet, despite all the hype about Madchester, the fact remains that James outsold The Stone Roses and Happy Mondays. Multiple times over.
Sit Down was their big song. First released on Rough Trade in the summer of 1989, it didn't trouble the top 50, yet on re-release in March 1991, it entered the charts at number 7 before rising to number 2 and being held off the top slot by Chesney Hawkes "The One And Only" and Cher's "The Shoop Shoop Song".
Peter Kay is a comedian, always true to his Northern roots, despite the success he’s achieved. Phoenix Nights is based around his love of those Northern working men’s clubs you don’t get if you venture south of Birmingham.
He’s always been a James fan too, there’s an amusing touch on their 2008 Live cd where he introduces the band and insists that they play Lullaby off the Laid album.
Last month, James and Peter Kay met up in Stockport and Bolton to film a new video for Sit Down to support Comic Relief. There was no re-recording of the song, just a video that reminds everyone just what a fantastic song it is once you take away the blanket radio play it got twenty years ago when it was cruelly robbed of that number one slot. And more importantly, it’s about what Comic Relief is about, far more than the latest career move of a manufactured pop band controlled by Cowell’s evil empire.
James official website can be found here. They are out on tour in April with more details on their website.