Tim Booth, the lead singer with the band James was born 4th February 1960. James were formed in 1982 in Whalley Range, Manchester, by Paul Gilbertson and his friend Jim Glennie. 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. Their debut release, was Jimone EP, and their second EP, James II, was released over a year later. 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 1986. the band recorded their second album, Strip-mine, with a more conventional song structure which was released in September 1988. In 1989 James hired 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 third James album. Gold Mother was released IN 1990 and contained the songs SIT DOWN and COME HOME and coincided with the’Madchester’ movement, which won them mainstream recognition.More Singles including “How Was It for You”, the remixed “Come Home” and “Lose Control” soon followed. The band also played two sell-out dates at the Manchester G-Mex at the end of the year. In March 1991, Gold Mother was re-released to include “Sit Down” and previous single “Lose Control”, and the album sold ten times more copies than originally predicted. The band’s next album, Seven, was released in 1992 and In 1993 James were invited on an acoustic tour of the US supporting Neil Young.
They recorded two albums with Brian Eno: the ‘song’ album, Laid, and the experimental Wah Wah, which showcased the band’s improvised jams recorded on the spot, then mixed by Eno. The new James album, Whiplash, followed in February 1997 & contained the song “She’s a Star”.. The band’s next album Millionaires, 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.
However Tim rejoined James in 2007 for seven live shows, they also appeared at V-Festival 2007 and T-in-the-Park and, Barcelona’s top music concert Summercase. In 2008 James released 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. Followed by An arena tour called “We Are Sound” featuring new songs (“Porcupine” and “Look Away”).In 2010 The band released two mini-albums The Night Before and The Morning After and embarked on a UK tour, the Mirrorball Tour. James played at the Lollapalooza festival in Chile, they also appeared at Hard Rock Calling 2011 and were joined by Kaiser Chiefs and headline act The Killers. The band joined the Orchestra of the Swan and the Manchester Consort Choir for a UK wide tour in 2011 And appeared at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California. The band Headlined Kendal Calling 2012 and also also toured during 2013.