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"James" are a popular indie rock band from Manchester, England, formed in 1981. After an uphill struggle throughout the 1980s, they went on to become one of the most consistently successful acts of the 1990s, scoring a string of hit singles throughout the decade including "Sit Down" and "Laid". Following the departure of lead singer Tim Booth in 2001 the band has been inactive, although a split has never been officially confirmed.



James were formed in 1981 in Whalley Range, Manchester, when music enthusiast Paul Gilbertson, inspired by the post-punk bands of the era, convinced his best friend Jim Glennie to buy a bass and form a band with him. Rehearsing regularly in Jim’s bedroom with whatever other musicians were available, their line-up solidified with the acquisition of Gavan Whelan on drums, whose erratic, frenetic and almost tribal drum sound gave their music a distinctive edge against Gilbertson and Glennie’s raw, untutored guitar and bass styles. They played a string of gigs under the names of Venereal and the Diseases and later Volume Distortion (note the initials), before settling on the name of Model Team International, then shortened t...

years active 1981–present
origin Manchester, England
music genre Indie rock
current members Adrian Oxaal (1996-present)
Mark Hunter (1989-present)
Jim Glennie (1981-present)
David Baynton-Power (1988-present)
past members Tim Booth (1981-2001)
Paul Gilbertson (1981-1984)
Saul Davies (1989-2002)
Larry Gott (1984-1996)
Gavan Whelan (1981-1988)
Andy Diagram (1982-1992)
Michael Kulas (1997-2001)
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