James back catalogue entertains Latitude
Emma LeeBoasting a huge back catalogue of hits spanning 20 years, Mancunian indie legends James were the perfect candidates to get the Latitude party well and truly started on Saturday.Emma Lee
Boasting a huge back catalogue of hits spanning 20 years, Mancunian indie legends James were the perfect candidates to get the Latitude party well and truly started on Saturday.
Fronted by singer Tim Booth, they formed nearly 30 years ago, and found mainstream fame in the early 90s, when the music press set its compass for the north and created the 'Madchester' movement.
And they're still going strong.
Great writing stands the test of time - and James' songs are still as exciting when you're stood in a field in 2010 as they were in an indie disco in 1992.
The opening chords of the classic, Sit Down, still send a shiver down the spine.
And Tim Booth, famed for his crazy dancing, is as agile as ever.
- 1 Meet the new team behind revamped village pub
- 2 Woman in 40s airlifted to hospital after suffering medical emergency
- 3 People are driving for hours to visit this loaded fries and doughnut kiosk
- 4 'Once in a lifetime catch' - man lands monster fish in Norfolk
- 5 Music-loving dad whose ashes were fired into festival crowd took own life
- 6 Obituary: Doctor, and son of Norwich's recycling empire founder, dies aged 69
- 7 One person taken to hospital after three-car crash on A47
- 8 Father accused of baby girl's murder 'had short fuse and made things up'
- 9 Holiday Inn to become 'care hotel' to help struggling hospitals
- 10 One of East Anglia's largest property builders is sold to investment firm
They're not just on the nostalgia circuit either - they're still writing and recording and debuted some new material.
It's hardly surprising that with so many songs at their disposal they ran over their allotted time - they departed the stage when the following band on the bill, the Maccabees, were due to be going on.
But they still managed to pack in the haunting Sound, Ring the Bell and Tomorrow. For the finale, Laid, they were joined by their supporters who had been watching from the wings. But thinking about it, they barely touched their enormous back catalogue.
Hopefully they'll return to Latitude - and for longer next time.