|Origin||Whalley Range, Manchester, UK|
|Genres||Alternative rock, Britpop, Baggy, Madchester, post-punk|
|Labels||Factory, Sire, Rough Trade, Fontana, Mercury, Sanctuary, Decca, Cooking Vinyl|
|Years active||1982-2001, 2007-present|
|Current members||Jim Glennie|
James are an English rock band from Manchester. The formed in 1982, but were most successful during the 1990s.
James were formed in 1982 in Whalley Range, Manchester, when Paul Gilbertson persuaded his friend Jim Glennie to buy a bass guitar and form a band with him. Their line-up solidified with the acquisition of Gavan Whelan on drums. They played a string of gigs under the names Venereal and the Diseases and, later, Volume Distortion, before settling on the name of Model Team International, then shortened to Model Team. After a brief period under the name Tribal Outlook, the band renamed themselves James in August 1982.
Their best-known singles include "Come Home", "Sit Down", "She's a Star" and "Laid", which also became a hit on American college radio. Following the departure of lead singer Tim Booth in 2001, the band became inactive, but reunited in January 2007 for a new album and international tour.
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