James: 'A&R people have been less of a help and more about checking up on us'

If you had to pick a band to advise you about the ups and downs of the music business, you couldn’t make a much wiser choice than James.

Since being enthusiastically signed by Factory Records in 1983, the Manchester band have released no less than 13 studio albums, selling more than 25 million LPs the world over. Interestingly, their biggest hits differ across each side of the Atlantic: 1993’s Laid was their US breakthrough, while on these shores, 1991’s Sit ...

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