James are one of the most under-rated, and important, British bands to have ever lived. Their back catalogue spans decades and is nothing short of remarkable. Yet most people only know them for their tune ‘Sit Down’, which is a depressing thought.
Tim Booth is such an honest and beautiful lyricist; and even moreso now, the perfect frontman. The first time I heard ‘Sometimes’ I was just hooked on the story of this apocalyptic night told so vividly. ‘Out To Get You’ is a lyrical masterpiece even Morrissey would be proud of. ‘Moving On’ tells the story of Tim’s mother passing (with beautiful video by Ainslie Henderson). ‘Say Something’ is just so so good. I mean so good. I can go on and on about so many other album tracks and famous singles, they’re just outstanding songwriters.
Tim Booth also practices 5Rhythms dancing, which is either a beautiful artform or just ‘hippy dancing’, depending on your outlook on life. I managed to get tickets to their London Scala gig recently, and seeing it live was a real inspirational sight for me, combining the spirituality of music with the still of the mind.
The list of incredible songs they have, from anthemic to delicate, are far too long to list in this feature. But the one that’s always held a dear place with me is, ‘Top of The World’. I love the paradoxical title, which slowly unravels into its true meaning, and I can picture every scene like a Hollywood movie. This is a stunning orchestral rehearsal of the track that was filmed in 2011, and I’m so glad it was x