AdrianOxaal (James)

Adrian Oxaal, American-born English musician with the band James was born 20th March 1965. 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. the band renamed themselves James in August 1982. A gig at The Haçienda caught the attention of Tony Wilson of Factory Records. He offered James an album deal with Factory, but the band, by now a settled live act, were worried about tarnishing their material in the studio and settled instead for a three-track EP. Their debut release, the Jimone EP, The band’s second EP, James II, was released over a year after the first album. Their third release, the Sit Down EP (no relation to the song of that name) came out in February 1986, and was followed by their debut album, Stutter in July of that year. the band recorded their second album, Strip-mine, with a more conventional song structure sadly the album almost went unreleased, but after undergoing a slight remix to sound more radio-friendly,it was released in September 1988. In 1989 James greatly expanded their lineup and sound palette by hiring three new members — guitarist-violinist-percussionist Saul Davies (whom Gott recruited from an amateur blues night), keyboard player Mark Hunter and onetime Diagram Brothers/Pale Fountains trumpeter/percussionist Andy Diagram (the latter a noted avant-garde musician).

This new seven-piece line-up went into the studio to record the third James album. Gold Mother which was released IN 1990 which contained the songs SIT DOWN and COME HOME and coincided with the’Madchester’ movement, with its wave of popular Manchester-based indie bands, This focused public attention on James and won them mainstream recognition.More Singles including “How Was It for You”, the remixed “Come Home” and “Lose Control” soon followed. The band’s newfound success was re-affirmed when they played two sell-out dates at the Manchester G-Mex at the end of the year. In March 1991, when the popularity of “Sit Down” led to a re-recorded version being released as a single, Gold Mother was re-released to include “Sit Down” and previous single “Lose Control”, and the album sold ten times more copies than Travis originally predicted. The song became one of the biggest-selling singles of the year. The band members spent the rest of the year recording their next album, Seven, which was released in February 1992. In 1993 James were invited on an acoustic tour of the US supporting Neil Young at a series of natural outdoor venues in the autumn.

They returned to England refreshed and ready to record their new album with Brian Eno.The process resulted in not one but two albums: the ‘song’ album, Laid, which was released in 1993, and the experimental Wah Wah, which showcased the band’s improvised jams recorded on the spot, then mixed by Eno. Although The recording of the follow-up album was dogged by difficulties from the start The new James album, Whiplash, followed in February 1997 & proved a successful comeback, reaching the UK top 10 as did the single “She’s a Star”.. The band then returned to the studio to begin work on their next album, Millionaires, which was released in October 1999 but did not reach the phenomenal sales level predicted. After the disappointing performance of Millionaires the band chose to start anew in their approach to their next album, working with Eno once again. They spent most of 2000 recording the album; writing the songs, then performing them live before actually recording them. They embarked on a small-scale tour in the autumn of that year on which their setlists consisted almost entirely of new material. The resulting album, Pleased To Meet You, was released in July 2001. Shortly after its release, Tim Booth announced he was leaving the band to concentrate on other projects of his own. They played a farewell tour of the UK at the end of the year. Their final hometown gig, at the Manchester Evening News arena on 7 December, was recorded for a live CD and DVD, Getting Away With It… Live.

In January 2007, music magazine Filter cited an announcement on singer Tim Booth’s personal website, saying that “Tim will be rejoining James in early 2007 for a series of live shows to be announced very soon. due to high demand The initial five dates of the tour were expanded to seven The tour took place during late April 2007, and was followed later in the year by more live shows, including festival appearances at T in the Park and V Festival. The band also appeared at Summercase, Barcelona’s top music concert in Spain during July 2007.April 2008 saw the release of a new compilation album, Fresh as a Daisy — The Singles, accompanied by a DVD compilation of all the band’s promo videos a new album Hey Ma was also released on 7 April 2008. An arena tour of the UK called “We Are Sound” followed in December, on which two new songs (“Porcupine” and “Look Away”) were previewed. The band announced plans to release two mini-albums by April 2010 – The Night Before and The Morning After.August 2010. Following the release of The Night Before, the band embarked on a UK tour, the Mirrorball Tour.At the beginning of 2011, Tim Booth announced that he was working on some new solo material, although James remained active, participating in the Lollapalooza festival in Chile. The band appeared at Hard Rock Calling 2011 and were joined by Kaiser Chiefs and headline act The Killers. The band joined again for a UK wide tour in 2011 with The Orchestra of The Swan and the Manchester Consort choir, The band appeared at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on 13 and 20 April in Indio, California. The band Headlined Kendal Calling 2012 and also anounced a 10 Date UK Tour starting 12th April 2013.



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