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Splatter Pattern 12″ vinyl ‘I CAME HERE TO BLOW MINDS’ artwork proofs are in!!

Well, well well…. I have the artwork proofs for my reissue splatter pattern 12″ vinyl of ‘I CAME HERE TO BLOW MINDS’

They are all correct! So we are into the final 3rd of the pressing! 

For those of you who’ve pre ordered the vinyl, the wait is nearly over! 

For those of you who’ve bought one of these artwork proofs, I’ll be dedicating them to you and shipping this week!

I ordered 10 proofs, 7 are gone, so there are 3 left at:

https://thewendyjames.com/product/i-came-here-to-blow-minds-special-original-artwork-proof-12-vinyl-reissue-signed-personalized/

There is a test pressing 12″ white label vinyl available:

https://thewendyjames.com/product/i-came-here-to-blow-minds-12-vinyl-test-pressing-signed-personalized/

I love this album so much and am so excited to see it arrive in the splatter pattern version!

Get your copy here: 

https://thewendyjames.com/product/i-came-here-to-blow-minds-12-vinyl-special-edition-reissue-splatter-pattern-colour-vinyl/

Tons of love

Wendy xoxo

PS. Reminder that i’m playing at FOREVER YOUNG in Ireland on Saturday 16th July, if you want to VIP!

Here’s the link: https://thewendyjames.com/product/v-i-p-the-wendy-james-gig-pass/

ALBUM 10, AUCTION 3 AND MORE…

Hello Everyone!

I hope you’re all well!

ALBUM 10

I haven’t done a newsletter in a while! I’ve been getting on with my writing of Album 10. I want to have it all written by the end of summer so I can then start scheduling recording sessions. Those of you who’ve bought VIP for the recording sessions will be able to start to choose which dates to come on! If you want a VIP RECORDING spot, where you get to come for the day, see and hear the recording session and hang out, here is the link: 

https://thewendyjames.com/product/the-wendy-james-album-10-vip-studio-visit/

I am up to writing song 8! So, three songs to go, I think 10 songs for Album 10.

I’ve written some beautiful, gentle and sparse numbers, with a lot of emotion and depth going into my lyrics, and, of course, some songs which are instant (Hits! Exciting!! I’m so pleased…) speed rocking grunge, the type of song I seem to come up with, time and time again, on each album! I want to continue pushing myself to write songs which you can all dance to and sing along to and relate to… It will be a big moment for me when I finish writing, and am able to announce it to you all! –  and start sending the demos out to my chosen musicians for Album 10 and for them to start making themselves familiar with the songs. Please preorder ALBUM 10, it’s available on Deluxe Vinyl, Deluxe CD, Standard CD, plus preorder of artwork proofs, test pressings, official t-shirt, official poster and of course the VIP studio visits… here: 

https://thewendyjames.com/product-category/wendy-james-album-10/

THE WENDY JAMES TRANSVISION VAMP ARCHIVE AUCTION 3

Here it is then! The 3rd part of The Wendy James Transvision Vamp Archive Auction!

This time there is a wider variety of items, ranging from the incredible Enrique Badulescu original collage artworks of photos and design for the campaign of Transvision Vamp’s third and final album Little Magnets versus The Bubble Of Babble, through to Japanese mini discs, still sealed, artwork proofs for the cover of Born To Be Sold and Little Magnets, two Wendy notepads (!), some 12” vinyl picture discs, a Bad Valentine test pressing, some promo only vinyl, a collection of magazine Wendy cover postcards and a couple of VHS performance videos with extras… and they all come bundled with a glossy print photo and 1989 Velveteen Backstage Pass! I will happily sign (and dedicate), so please let me know at checkout when you win your bid! The auction lasts 5 days…

There is something affordable there for everyone, right through to high value collectables…

The auction will be live between 5pm GMT Friday 20th May until 5pm Wednesday 25th May.

Enjoy!!

Here’s the full list:

1. WENDY NOTEPAD (2)
2. ‘THE BUBBLE OF BABBLE’ ARTWORK TEMPLATE (1)
3. ‘BORN TO BE SOLD’ ARTWORK TEMPLATE (1)
4. ‘BAD VALENTINE’ 12” TEST PRESSING (1)
5. ‘POP ART’ 12” PROMO VINYL (1)
6. ‘BABY, I DON’T CARE’ 12” PROMO VINYL (1)
7. ‘REVOLUTION BABY’ 7” VINYL SINGLE (1)
8. ‘THE VELVETEEN SINGLES’ VHS VIDEO COMPILATION (1)
9. ‘IF LOOKS COULD KILL’ VHS VIDEO COMPILATION (1)
10. ‘B WITH U’ 12” WHITE LABEL VINYL (4)
11. ‘I WANT YOUR LOVE’ 12” VINYL MAXI SINGLE (1)
12. ‘POP ART’ 12” VINYL PICTURE DISC (3)
13. ‘REVOLUTION BABY’ 12” VINYL PICTURE DISC (1)
14. ‘BABY, I DON’T CARE’ JAPANESE MINI DISC (1)
15. ‘TELL THAT GIRL TO SHUT UP’ JAPANESE MINI DISC (2)
16. ‘I WANT YOUR LOVE’ JAPANESE MINI DISC (2)
17. ‘LANDSLIDE OF LOVE’ JAPANESE MINI DISC (1)
18. WENDY JAMES MAGAZINE COVER POSTCARD PULL OUT (1)
19. ‘(I JUST WANNA) B WITH U’ ORIGINAL ARTWORK BY ENRIQUE BADULESCU
20. ‘(I JUST WANNA) B WITH U’ ORIGINAL ARTWORK BY ENRIQUE BADULESCU (ALT)
21. ‘WENDY AS A GANGSTER’ ORIGINAL ARTWORK BY ENRIQUE BADULESCU 1
22. ‘WENDY AS A GANGSTER’ ORIGINAL ARTWORK BY ENRIQUE BADULESCU 2

Here is the link to AUCTION 3:

https://thewendyjames.com/product-category/the-wendy-james-transvision-vamp-archive-auction/

I CAME HERE TO BLOW MINDS 12” VINYL REISSUE

The splatter pattern 12” vinyl reissue of I Came Here To Blow Minds is in the final stages of manufacture, I should have the artwork proofs ready to send out to those of you who’ve bought them, very soon! The vinyl itself was approved a while ago, but because of Brexit, Covid and a general shortage of Pressing Plants around the world, the queue for vinyl has been more lengthy than usual! My eta for delivery is the summer months… none-the-less, when I do have the vinyls and you have them in your hands, it will have been worth the wait! Not only is it a great album, containing some of my favorite songs, but the look and quality of the vinyl will be so nice! I think there is a test pressing still available for ICHTBM and there are a couple more artwork proofs too…..

I think there is a test pressing still available for ICHTBM and there are a couple more artwork proofs too….. so get those!

Preorder your reissue I Came Here To Blow Minds! Vinyl, Test Pressing, Artwork Proof here:

https://thewendyjames.com/product/i-came-here-to-blow-minds-12-vinyl-special-edition-reissue-splatter-pattern-colour-vinyl/

And finally…….

A GIG! 

Though I’m in songwriting stage, I have said I’ll do a special performance in Ireland on Saturday July 16th… it’s at the Forever Young Festival held at Palmerston House Estate in Kildare! I do have some VIP passes available so! See you there! It’ll be so much fun I’m sure!! Here’s the VIP link:

A busy summer! But a good one!

I send my love out to you all…… see you soon, and as always… Thank you

Love

Wendy xoxo

“MAY I KISS YOU? (JUST ENOUGH TO GET US INTO TROUBLE)”

Well… here’s a video of me, playing acoustically, one of my songs I’m writing for ALBUM 10.

I thought you’d all like to hear and see it, I find it very charming, playing like this, and I think I’ll do more as I proceed through my songwriting for Album 10.

I hope you love it…

And pls do preorder Album 10 here: https://thewendyjames.com/product-category/wendy-james-album-10/

So far available are:

MUSIC FORMATS 

DELUXE VINYL + DOWNLOAD 
https://thewendyjames.com/product/the-wendy-james-album-10-deluxe-12-vinyl-download-signed/

DELUXE CD
https://thewendyjames.com/product/the-wendy-james-album-10-deluxe-cd-signed/

STANDARD CD
https://thewendyjames.com/product/the-wendy-james-album-10-standard-cd-signed/

ARTWORK PROOFS

DELUXE VINYL + DOWNLOAD
https://thewendyjames.com/product/the-wendy-james-album-10-ltd-edition-original-artwork-proof-deluxe-12-vinyl-signed-personalized/

DELUXE CD
https://thewendyjames.com/product/he-wendy-james-album-10-ltd-edition-original-artwork-proof-deluxe-cd/

STANDARD CD
https://thewendyjames.com/product/the-wendy-james-album-10-ltd-edition-original-artwork-proof-standard-cd-signed-personalized/

VINYL 12” TEST PRESSING
https://thewendyjames.com/product/the-wendy-james-album-10-deluxe-12-vinyl-test-pressing-signed-personalized/

OFFICIAL T-SHIRT 
https://thewendyjames.com/product/the-wendy-james-album-10-official-t-shirt/

OFFICIAL POSTER
https://thewendyjames.com/product/the-wendy-james-album-10-official-poster/

RECORDING STUDIO PASS
https://thewendyjames.com/product/the-wendy-james-album-10-vip-studio-visit/

Love Wendy xoxo

… and Thank you x

ps. THE VIP PASSES for FOREVER YOUNG FESTIVAL in Ireland at Palmerston House Estate, Kildare on July 16th are now available: https://thewendyjames.com/product/v-i-p-the-wendy-james-gig-pass/

xo

PS. I forgot to mention (!!!)

Also, with this new pressing of ‘I Came Here To Blow Minds’ color splatter 12” vinyl, comes a couple of 12” Vinyl Test Pressings and five full Artwork Proofs!

As you know, the manufacturers and pressing plant send the test pressings to me to check that the master vinyl is correct, before the full run goes into production and ditto the artwork proofs, so I can check every detail/color and also give them the green light to go into production

Both of which I will sign, number and personalize to you!

Both such lovely things to own and frame! I would buy all three, if this is one of your favorite albums, or if you’re a collector! The splatter color vinyl 12”, the test pressing and the artwork proof!

Two very desirable collectors pieces along side the special edition splatter vinyl!

I CAME HERE TO BLOW MINDS

Special Edition 12” Color Splatter Vinyl 

https://thewendyjames.com/product/i-came-here-to-blow-minds-12-vinyl-special-edition-reissue-splatter-pattern-colour-vinyl/

I CAME HERE TO BLOW MINDS

Special Edition Full Artwork Proof

https://thewendyjames.com/product/i-came-here-to-blow-minds-special-original-artwork-proof-12-vinyl-reissue-signed-personalized/

I CAME HERE TO BLOW MINDS

12” Vinyl Test Pressing

https://thewendyjames.com/product/i-came-here-to-blow-minds-12-vinyl-test-pressing-signed-personalized/

Much love

Wendy xoxo

HAPPY NEW YEAR! VINYL REISSUE NEWS!!

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you’re all great!

– I have vinyl reissue news!

I CAME HERE TO BLOW MINDS is in production for vinyl reissue! Not only that… it’s had an upgrade! 

It is now as a special edition color splatter 12” vinyl and the artwork: jacket, inner-sleeve and labels have been reimagined and updated! This is a one-off run of vinyls! I love this splatter vinyl color choice and the artwork looks wonderful! I’m very pleased! I love it! 

– I love this album so much, it contains so many of my favorite songs, ranging from my love of New York New Wave Rock n Roll through to more Country Ballad and Phil Spector ‘Wall Of Sound’ production, and it also brings me so many great memories! I wrote the album in my apartment in Greenwich Village, NYC, I recorded it with French indie musicians in the left bank of Paris in the tiny and brilliant basement recording studio of the atelier clothing label APC! Such good times! Getting the metro to Rue de Rennes from Trinité – d’Estienne d’Orves on line 12, each morning, grabbing a coffee and pastry and heading in for whole days of magic with the French Musicians: Jeremy Orsel – Rhythm & Lead Guitar, Bass Guitar, Hadrien Grange – Drums.

However! One of the songs, ‘Speedball’ didn’t get done in Paris! It was done in Sydney, Australia in the Surry Hills Area… I was over there DJ’ing and I met a Sydney Indie Band and we decided to go in the studio where one of them worked! It happened to be the studio belonging to Scott Horscroft, a known and successful Australian record producer… we all mic’d and amped up and the whole song was recorded live, including my vocals… Sydney Musicians: Brock Fitzgerald – Guitar, Wade Keighran – Bass, Sam Pearton – Drums, 

The whole atmosphere was so enjoyable and yielded such great results that I decided to have Scott co-mix the album with me and wow, it came out great. I actually re-recorded and played everything on ‘These Beggar Memories’ in the control booth of Scotts studio and it is naturally so personal and up-close in it’s sound. 

When the whole mix was complete I awoke the next morning and stared out of my warehouse window, across the rooftops of Surry Hills, I put on Nina Simone’s ‘Mr Bojangles’ and was filled with one of those magic moments, where life feels perfect. I love a good rooftop view across a city and it felt so joyous to have made a record I knew was great and which I’d love for ever!

The photographs were taken early, early in the morning by my friend James Traill, outside, on the curb, waking up, going into a photo session by a different photographer. I was barely awake, in my socks! Smoking (I’ve since given up!!) and drinking coffee. The artwork layout was done by the people who’s warehouse loft I was staying in, called China Heights. 

Finally the record was mastered for vinyl, expertly by Fred Kevorkian back in NYC, he has mastered all my music for me ever since!

Thank you to all involved!

TRACK LISTING

SIDE ONE

1. The Moon Dead in the River (4.57)
2. Where Have You Been, So Long? (4.27)
3. Don’t Shoot – I Ain’t Dillinger (4.41)
4. Municipal Blues (3.26)
5. New Wave Flowered Up Main Street Acid Baby (2.44)
6. Speedball (3.59)

Side One – Total running time: 23 minutes

SIDE TWO 

7. No Dice (3.22)
8. You Tell Me (3.46)
9. King Hoodlum (3.26)
10. One Evening, in a Small Café (3.45)
11. These Beggar Memories (4.21)
12. You’re a Fucking Mess, But You Sure Is Pretty (2.19)
13. I Came Here to Blow Minds (3.21)

Side Two – Total running time: 23 minutes

Total Running Time: 46 Minutes

All songs written and produced by Wendy James

I CAME HERE TO BLOW MINDS vinyl reissue is currently a preorder here: 

https://thewendyjames.com/product/i-came-here-to-blow-minds-12-vinyl-special-edition-reissue-splatter-pattern-colour-vinyl/

****In other news: I have done a stock check on which of my t-shirts are running low and not in production again, so snap up these last limited t-shirts: 

Queen High Straight T-Shirt in Black

Small – 4 left, medium – 1 left, xxl – 4 left

https://thewendyjames.com/product/queen-high-straight-official-t-shirt/

Face Magazine

Small – 6 left, XXL – 4 left

https://thewendyjames.com/product/wendy-james-face-magazine-t-shirt/

The Impression Of Normalcy 

Small – 4 left, Large – 2 left, XL – 3 left, XXL – 3 left

https://thewendyjames.com/product/the-wendy-james-the-impression-of-normalcy-t-shirt/

Every Song Is Dope  

XXL – 1 left

https://thewendyjames.com/product/wendy-james-every-song-is-dope-classic-t-shirt/

Tatler  

XXL – 2 left 

https://thewendyjames.com/product/the-wendy-james-tatler-magazine-t-shirt/

So, get yours now! 

Much, much LOVE!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Wendy xo

CHRISTMAS WISHES AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS UPDATE

Dear Everyone…

I would like to wish you all a ‘Very Merry Christmas’ and ‘Happy Holidays!’

I hope you are with the people you love and who love you! 

If you prefer to be alone, then I hope you’re having a really good time doing what you choose! 

– However you decide to spend these last couple of weeks of 2021 and wherever you are…

I send my fondest love and all my thanks for sharing this year with me!

To all of you who came out to my tour! I loved playing for you, I loved meeting so many of you! It was a fantastic time for all of us! 

To all of you, not in the UK Mainland where the tour happened, well: I guess I need to start playing shows farther afield and seeing all of you! News to come! 

Album 10 will start recording in 2022! So, I look forward to meeting all of you who’ve booked a day as a VIP in the recording studio with me! Details to come! If you like the idea of this, then https://thewendyjames.com/product/the-wendy-james-album-10-vip-studio-visit/ for the pass! 

Remember my storewide sale is in effect until Midnight GM time December 31st, so get your 15% reduction of everything there… keep going until you’ve got ALL the music! ALL the t-shirts! ALL the posters! ALL the hoodies! ALL preorders for ALBUM 10 and so much more! https://thewendyjames.com/store

Code at checkout: DecemberSale15

I love you all so much! 

Thank you for a wonderful time this year

Take care of yourselves and have the best time! 

Love

Wendy xoxoxo

THE WENDY JAMES STORE CHRISTMAS SALE IS HERE AGAIN!!

For the month of December 1-31st if you add the code DecemberSale15 at checkout you will get 15% off everything in the store!

https://thewendyjames.com/store

Here’s what you can get: 

QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT DELUXE DOUBLE VINYL *SIGNED
https://thewendyjames.com/product/queen-high-straight-deluxe-double-gatefold-12-vinyl-signed/

QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT DELUXE CD *SIGNED
https://thewendyjames.com/product/queen-high-straight-deluxe-2cd-signed/

QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT STANDARD CD
https://thewendyjames.com/product/queen-high-straight-regular-cd/

QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT DIGITAL DOWNLOAD
https://thewendyjames.com/product/queen-high-straight-20-track-digital-download/

QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT OFFICIAL POSTER
https://thewendyjames.com/product/queen-high-straight-official-poster/

QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT OFFICIAL T-SHIRT 
https://thewendyjames.com/product/queen-high-straight-official-t-shirt/

QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT RECORDING SESSION LYRIC SHEETS *SIGNED & PERSONALIZED
https://thewendyjames.com/product/original-and-one-of-a-kind-wendy-james-queen-high-straight-notated-and-personalized-lyric-sheet-signed/

QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT RECORDING SESSION MIX NOTES *SIGNED & PERSONALIZED
https://thewendyjames.com/product/original-and-one-of-a-kind-wendy-james-queen-high-straight-personalized-recording-and-mix-notes-signed/

THE OFFICIAL ‘THE PRICE OF THE TICKET’ T-SHIRT
https://thewendyjames.com/product/the-official-the-price-of-the-ticket-t-shirt-in-colour/ 

THE TATLER MAGAZINE T-SHIRT
https://thewendyjames.com/product/the-wendy-james-tatler-magazine-t-shirt/ 

THE WENDY JAMES ‘EVERY SONG IS DOPE T-SHIRT 
https://thewendyjames.com/product/wendy-james-every-song-is-dope-classic-t-shirt/

THE WENDY JAMES / FACE MAGAZINE T-SHIRT 
https://thewendyjames.com/product/wendy-james-face-magazine-t-shirt/

THE WENDY JAMES / TRANSVISION VAMP ‘KURT SHIRT’ T-SHIRT
https://thewendyjames.com/product/wendy-james-transvision-vamp-kurt-shirt-t-shirt/

THE WENDY JAMES ‘THE IMPRESSION OF NORMALCY’ T-SHIRT
https://thewendyjames.com/product/the-wendy-james-the-impression-of-normalcy-t-shirt/

THE WENDY JAMES / TRANSVISION VAMP ‘ICON’ T-SHIRT
https://thewendyjames.com/product/the-wendy-james-transvision-vamp-icon-t-shirt/

THE WENDY JAMES / TRANSVISION VAMP ’1989’ HOODIE
https://thewendyjames.com/product/the-wendy-james-transvision-vamp-1989-hoodie/

THE WENDY JAMES / TRANSVISION VAMP ‘REVOLUTION BABY’ HOODIE
https://thewendyjames.com/product/the-wendy-james-transvision-vamp-revolution-baby-hoodie/

THE PRICE OF THE TICKET CD
https://thewendyjames.com/product/the-price-of-the-ticket-cd/

YOU’RE A DIRTBOMB, LESTER + FAREWELL TO LOVE 7” VINYL 
https://thewendyjames.com/product/youre-a-dirtbomb-lester-farewell-to-love-7-vinyl/

RACINE 2 12″ VINYL PICTURE DISC
https://thewendyjames.com/product/racine-2-picture-disc-12-vinyl-lp/

RACINE 2 DIGITAL DOWNLOAD
https://thewendyjames.com/product/racine-2-digital-download/

ICON POSTER
https://thewendyjames.com/product/the-wendy-james-transvision-vamp-icon-poster/

IF LOOKS COULD KILL POSTER
https://thewendyjames.com/product/the-wendy-james-transvision-vamp-if-looks-could-kill-poster/

THE WENDY FUCKING JAMES PATCH
https://thewendyjames.com/product/the-wendy-james-patch/

THE WENDY FUCKING JAMES STICKERS
https://thewendyjames.com/product/the-wendy-james-stickers/

You can also pre-order a selection of WENDY JAMES ALBUM 10! 

THE WENDY JAMES ALBUM 10 DELUXE 12” VINYL
https://thewendyjames.com/product/the-wendy-james-album-10-deluxe-12-vinyl-download-signed/

 THE WENDY JAMES ALBUM 10 DELUXE CD
https://thewendyjames.com/product/the-wendy-james-album-10-deluxe-cd-signed/

THE WENDY JAMES ALBUM 10 STANDARD CD
https://thewendyjames.com/product/the-wendy-james-album-10-standard-cd-signed/

THE WENDY JAMES ALBUM 10 OFFICIAL T-SHIRT
https://thewendyjames.com/product/the-wendy-james-album-10-official-t-shirt/

THE WENDY JAMES ALBUM 10 OFFICIAL POSTER
https://thewendyjames.com/product/the-wendy-james-album-10-official-poster/

THE WENDY JAMES ALBUM 10 ORIGINAL ARTWORK PROOF 12” VINYL
https://thewendyjames.com/product/the-wendy-james-album-10-ltd-edition-original-artwork-proof-deluxe-12-vinyl-signed-personalized/

THE WENDY JAMES ALBUM 10 ORIGINAL ARTWORK PROOF DELUXE CD
https://thewendyjames.com/product/he-wendy-james-album-10-ltd-edition-original-artwork-proof-deluxe-cd/

THE WENDY JAMES ALBUM 10 ORIGINAL ARTWORK PROOF STANDARD CD
https://thewendyjames.com/product/the-wendy-james-album-10-ltd-edition-original-artwork-proof-standard-cd-signed-personalized/

THE WENDY JAMES ALBUM 10 12” VINYL TEST PRESSING
https://thewendyjames.com/product/the-wendy-james-album-10-deluxe-12-vinyl-test-pressing-signed-personalized/

THE WENDY JAMES ALBUM 10 RECORDING STUDIO VISIT
https://thewendyjames.com/product/the-wendy-james-album-10-vip-studio-visit/

I ship worldwide!

https://thewendyjames.com/store

Have the best December everyone! Enjoy the sale and fill your stockings and under your tree with THE WENDY JAMES STORE

*If you don’t do Christmas, well – just treat yourself and take advantage of the discount!

xoxoxo

NEW TSHIRT AND RESTOCKED MERCH

I’m so excited to announce to you my new design T-Shirt! 

‘THE IMPRESSION OF NORMALCY’

You’ll recognize the photo from my video shoot for THE IMPRESSION OF NORMALCY by David Leigh Dodd – my speed-punk number from Queen High Straight.

In the shot: 

A vintage 1967 #FenderTwinReverb amplifier and all round microphone classic #ShureSM58gig mic. (I use the Beta58 when I sing live).

This photo is just too damn good to not be a t-shirt. Preorder now, delivery in about 10 days…

The T-Shirt features the photo, the title, some lyrics from THE IMPRESSION OF NORMALCY and is produced on 100% soft white cotton in a classic unisex round neck, straight cut shape and available in S. M. L. XL. XXL.

I LOVE IT! 

Get one now! 

https://thewendyjames.com/product/the-wendy-james-the-impression-of-normalcy-t-shirt/

Love
Wendy xx

PS. I’ve stocked up on all the merchandise that sold out on tour so there are good amounts of everything instore again now AND some new releases to be announced asap!

THE WENDY JAMES STORE: https://thewendyjames.com/store

WHAT A GREAT TOUR!

Hi Everyone!

How are you all? I hope very well!

The Tour

It is now 9 days after the final show on my 28 date UK tour with THE WENDY JAMES BAND!

My first two days home were spent unpacking and sleeping! I’m just about getting back in the swing of things but there is so much to do!

I’m desperately trying to reach an empty headspace and calendar where I can just immerse myself in the constant writing of my ALBUM 10. Next week I will listen to the songs I had demo’d before setting out on tour and then move on from that. I want to make Album 10 as spectacular as I possibly can, something that will musically and lyrically amaze both you and me. I have my sights set high and my ideas are coming together for both the direction and production. 

*Please do preorder all manner of ALBUM 10 items: Vinyl, CD’s T-Shirts, Posters, rare Test Pressings, Artwork Proofs etc, as before, limited numbers apply, there are finite amounts of test pressings and artwork proofs I can receive… 

Order here: https://thewendyjames.com/product-category/wendy-james-album-10/

Playing all my varied songs on this tour The Wendy James Band has just done made me so, so happy, to play, to sing, to hear and feel all the music I’ve written and then to see you all react to it, older songs and newer songs, favorites alike. I tend to live in the moment, not the past or the future, and so it’s been exhilarating and really life affirming to meet you all and hear your stories of how you first saw me perform a gig or on television, where you were, how old you were and what it meant to you. The history I now carry with me, and in you, all the emotions and stories, I am so lucky to have lived my life like this. Thank you! 

Thank you for your reactions to the shows! To see you loving the music and the performance is everything I wish for.

Thank you for all those brilliant after-show merchandise signings/selfies/stories! Wow! … And my V. I.P. guests, who are now part of our traveling Rock n Roll family! So many faces to names have been synched! I recognize many of your names from social media comments or when you buy something from my store, but not really what you look like, now I know and it’s wonderful! We can greet each other with very happy familiarity next time! 

The Wendy James Band are so very good! We had the best fun touring around the UK (I love motorway stops and cheese sandwiches!), of course we worked very hard in rehearsals and arrived at our first show in Blackpool match fit. We rehearsed 10 hours a day for 2 weeks and then the shows themselves! Our gigs reached a level of quality you can only get when you do a lengthy tour, when you hone the music perfectly, hit cruise control and really enjoy it. You’ve now all witnessed Jordan Cook on Drums, Leo Kurunis on Bass, Andrew Saunders and Alex Ward on Guitar and Keyboards and Pip Stakem on lead Guitar! It’s a very good band! A band that can handle and achieve anything!

I have a big touring idea, which I am now, just beginning, to explore with an agent and a promoter. It would get me into international territories and bring both my old music and new music to countries outside of the UK. I will make this announcement when it’s ‘for sure’. Toward the end of this tour we just completed, I did start telling people my idea! So I know some of you know and I know it was met with 100% approval!

THANK YOU!

The Merchandise

All my Music, T-Shirts and Posters are now back in my online store, so if you missed out on any of them on the road, here they are: https://thewendyjames.com/store 

Nearly all the hoodies sold out, so I’ve ordered more of those, ditto the Kurt Shirt and The Icon T-Shirt!

Here are the last numbers for these items, so get them now!

Every Song Is Dope T-Shirt

https://thewendyjames.com/product/wendy-james-every-song-is-dope-classic-t-shirt/

S – OUT OF STOCK

M – OUT OF STOCK

L – 1

XL – OUT OF STOCK

XXL – 1

You’re A Dirtbomb, Lester 7” Vinyl – 21 

https://thewendyjames.com/product/youre-a-dirtbomb-lester-farewell-to-love-7-vinyl/

Queen High Straight T-Shirt

https://thewendyjames.com/product/queen-high-straight-official-t-shirt/

S – 4

M – 1

L – OUT OF STOCK

XL OUT OF STOCK

XXL – 4

Tatler T-Shirt

https://thewendyjames.com/product/the-wendy-james-tatler-magazine-t-shirt

S – OUT OF STOCK

M – OUT OF STOCK

L – OUT OF STOCK

XL – OUT OF STOCK

XXL – 2

RACINE 2 Picture Disc – 25 

https://thewendyjames.com/product/racine-2-picture-disc-12-vinyl-lp/

Queen High Straight Poster – 25

https://thewendyjames.com/product/queen-high-straight-official-poster/

There is a new t-shirt coming online soon, and some re-pressed vinyl for I Came Here To Blow Minds and The Price Of The Ticket. I’ll let you know when you can put your orders in!

Mission Accomplished

So! Mission Accomplished! After 3 Covid delays my tour happened without any hitch, without anyone getting ill and in some amazing venues! Thank you to all the bookers and promoters who brought my band into their venues! There is not a gig I didn’t love… I had no idea anything could be better than the amazing reception we received in Blackpool! But boy oh boy, how incredible you all were! Leeds Brudenell, Glasgow King Tuts, Brighton Patterns, London o2 Islington, Manchester Deaf Institute, Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach… I’m just going to list them all! Nottingham Bodega, Norwich Arts Centre, Stoke Sugarmil, Truro Old Bakery, Bristol Fleece, Oxford o2, Guildford Boileroom, Cambridge Junction, Tunbridge Wells Forum, Queens Hall Nuneaton, Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms, Gloucester Guildhall, Barrow Underground Music Society, Jimmys Liverpool, Birmingham Institute, Leicester Firebug, Newcastle Cluny, Edinburgh Bannermans, Swansea Cinema & Co and The Parish in Huddersfield!

I’m just so grateful and happy to have played for you all, to have met so many of you and for it to have been such a success. We all needed this to happen, after such a long wait, missing live shows for so long and having been away from gatherings, it was so exciting, so necessary for us to all be together again. It felt so good!

Once again: Thank you.

There will be more news soon! 

So… take care, tons of love

Always

Wendy xo

THE IMPRESSION OF NORMALCY

Shot in Rome last Saturday… Here is the video for… 

THE IMPRESSION OF NORMALCY

‘The Impression Of Normalcy’ is track 16 of my 20 Track Deluxe Album ‘QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT’. It is a perfect speed-punk moment in the last quarter of the album! Originally I’d written it more in the vein of Nirvana: quiet verse, loud chorus and I guess it was mid-tempo. Having started in on recording rehearsals, James Sclavunos put his sticks in the air, from behind his drum kit, and said “Can we speed this fucking song up?”

So… we went to the extreme and basically thrashed and shredded this song out, I then edited it down so it’s a perfect three and a half minutes of pop speed punk!

Video by Doddywood

QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT is out on Deluxe Double Vinyl, Deluxe CD, Standard CD and Download

Plus there is a 15% discount offered throughout my webstore: https://thewendyjames.com/store until this coming Saturday night! Code at checkout: AllJuly15

See you on tour! 

Direct ticket links and VIP via https://thewendyjames.com/live

Wendy xo

WENDY JAMES WILL (FINALLY) TOUR THE UK AUGUST, SEPTEMBER + OCTOBER 2021

TOUR PREVIEW:

When Wendy James released her 5th solo album QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT on 1st May 2020 to critical acclaim, she was supposed to be heading out on a UK tour. But as Covid-19 hit and the world went into lockdown, Wendy had to reschedule her tour three times.

Reflecting, Wendy says, “The venues, who’ve been under extraordinary pressure to stay afloat, were inundated with every single band rescheduling! But! We did it… Thank you to the venues, the promoters and of course thank you to the National Health Service, my love to anyone and everyone who has lost someone to this pandemic, thank you to you all for getting vaccinated and helping open our collective lives again! And… Thank you to THE WENDY JAMES BAND! Most musicians have had to find other ways of money earning because they simply couldn’t work their chosen vocation… very hard indeed, but my band did what they had to do, and we’re still standing and happier than ever to be heading into rehearsals to get this mammoth setlist learnt and then hit the road! Finally!”

She will embark on a whopping 28-date tour of the UK on 26th August. “From Truro to Paisley and from Norwich to Swansea and everywhere in between!” she exclaims with her infectious enthusiasm. “Not only are we celebrating a return to live venues, we are celebrating my No.16 album QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT, and also a different set list every night, from Transvision Vamp through all my albums! It’s a tour not to miss, and one which will not happen again, like this!”

An English singer-songwriter born in London, Wendy exploded onto the British music scene in 1988 as the fearless front woman of chart-topping alt-rockers Transvision Vamp. When the band broke up Wendy went on to collaborate with Elvis Costello, James Williamson (Iggy & the Stooges), Lenny Kaye (The Patti Smith Group) and James Sclavunos (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds), who joins her on drums and percussions for QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT. Also joining her on this album are James Sedwards (lead guitar), Harry Bohay (bass), Alex J. Ward & Terry Edwards (horn section) and Louis Vause (accordion).

Wendy began writing QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT after a long stretch of writing/recording/delivering/touring her previous album ‘The Price Of The Ticket’, which charted in the UK at No.14. Wendy says of the title track, “I gravitated toward some jazzy type of chords which lent a gentle lilt to the song, it sounded smooth and it reminded me of when I was a young child listening to Sergio Mendes ‘Brasil ’66’! Some of those lovely chord progressions, some of that lovely harmonizing the singers did and of course Bacharach and David.”

“Overall, my taste and style have not changed with time,” Wendy says. “The music that excites me now, ultimately, is the same as when I was starting out songwriting and back through my days in Transvision Vamp. I continue to marvel at Lou Reed and The Velvet Underground, I continue to be blown away by The Stooges, I continue to be everlastingly enthralled by Bob Dylan, but of course, the older one gets the more one discovers and I am now informed more cohesively and fully by all the music, new and old, which settles into my consciousness.

“My track listings are never altered from the order in which I write the songs, maybe it’s because it’s too tangential for me to try to shuffle songs around but really I think, in some kind of holistic way, the order in which the songs are written must surely be the very most natural order for them to be listed in. Around song 14 ‘Bliss Hotel’ I hit a wall. I did not know where the inspiration was going to come from! But then somehow, miraculously, it comes again and one pushes on through, as it turned out, to some of my favourite songs on the entire album. My perfect moment? song 18 ‘Cancel It… I’ll See Him On Monday’; it was a ‘Eureka’ moment. I ran outside and started dancing, “I’ve got it! I’ve got it!!!”

Elsewhere on the album, Wendy embraces Motown with ‘Here Comes The Beautiful One’ and ‘Little Melvin’, she returns, once again, to her favourite guitar guttural filth and sex for ‘Perilous Beauty’ and an unlikely sounding love song in ‘Chicken Street’, 90’s pop groove in ‘Ratfucking’, melancholia in ‘Testimonial’, Django Reinhardt whimsy in ‘I’ll Be Here When The Morning Comes’. On ‘The Impression Of Normalcy’, Wendy says, “Thanks to James Sclavunos, who told me to “speed the fucking song up”, I have a proper speed punk song.” Finally, track 20 ‘Kill Some Time Blues’ is the ultimate 60’s girl group number.

Wendy last toured the UK in 2019 with THE WENDY JAMES BAND opening for The Psychedelic Furs, and was a huge success.

TOUR DATES

BLACKPOOL WATERLOO MUSIC BAR – THURSDAY 26TH AUGUST
NORWICH ARTS CENTRE – FRIDAY 27TH AUGUST
STOKE SUGARMILL – SATURDAY 28TH AUGUST
TRURO OLD BAKERY STUDIOS – TUESDAY 31ST AUGUST
CARDIFF CLWB IFOR BACH – WEDNESDAY 1ST SEPTEMBER
BRISTOL FLEECE – THURSDAY 2ND SEPTEMBER
OXFORD O2 ACADEMY2 – FRIDAY 3RD SEPTEMBER
GUILDFORD BOILEROOM – SATURDAY 4TH SEPTEMBER
CAMBRIDGE JUNCTION – TUESDAY 7TH SEPTEMBER
TUNBRIDGE WELLS FORUM – WEDNESDAY 8TH SEPTEMBER
QUEENS HALL NUNEATON – THURSDAY 9TH SEPTEMBER
PORTSMOUTH WEDGEWOOD ROOMS – FRIDAY 10TH SEPTEMBER 
GLOUCESTER GUILDHALL – SATURDAY 11TH SEPTEMBER
BARROW UNDERGROUND MUSIC SOCIETY – TUESDAY 14TH SEPTEMBER
MANCHESTER DEAF INSTITUTE – WEDNESDAY 15TH SEPTEMBER
NOTTINGHAM BODEGA – THURSDAY 16TH SEPTEMBER
LIVERPOOL JIMMY’S – FRIDAY 17TH SEPTEMBER
BIRMINGHAM O2 INSTITUTE3 – SATURDAY 18TH SEPTEMBER
LEICESTER FIREBUG – TUESDAY 21ST SEPTEMBER
NEWCASTLE CLUNY – WEDNESDAY 22ND SEPTEMBER
GLASGOW KING TUTS – THURSDAY 23RD SEPTEMBER
PAISLEY ROCKNROLLAS – FRIDAY 24TH SEPTEMBER
EDINBURGH BANNERMANS – SATURDAY 25TH SEPTEMBER
SWANSEA CINEMA & CO – TUESDAY 28TH SEPTEMBER
LEEDS BRUDENELL – WEDNESDAY 29TH SEPTEMBER
BRIGHTON CONCORDE 2 – THURSDAY 30TH SEPTEMBER
LONDON O2 ACADEMY2 ISLINGTON – FRIDAY 1ST OCTOBER
HUDDERSFIELD THE PARISH – SATURDAY 2ND OCTOBER

Tickets available via: https://thewendyjames.com/live/ 

QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT TRACK LISTING
1. Queen High Straight
2. Perilous Beauty
3. Free Man Walk
4. Stomp Down, Snuck Up
5. Little Melvin
6. Marlene et Fleur
7. A Heart Breaking Liar’s Promise
8. Here Comes The Beautiful One
9. Chicken Street
10. Testimonial
11. Bar Room Brawl & Benzedrine Blues
12. Ratfucking
13. She Likes To Be (Underneath Somebody)
14. Bliss Hotel
15. Freak In
16. The Impression Of Normalcy
17. I’ll Be Here When The Morning Comes
18. Cancel It… I’ll See Him On Monday
19. Sugar Boy
20. Kill Some Time Blues
All songs written, produced and mixed by Wendy James.

The album is available as a 20-track deluxe gatefold double vinyl, gatefold deluxe CD, regular CD and Digital Download / Streaming.

QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT is available from https://thewendyjames.com/store and this store is the main driver for all of Wendy’s recordings and associated art, t-shirts, all things Wendy.

For further information please contact Alix Wenmouth at Wasted Youth PR on 07760 105469 or email alix@wastedyouthpr.com

THE WENDY JAMES STORE SUMMER SALE!!

Hello Everyone!! I hope you’re all well! 

I’m doing a Summer Sale on everything at THE WENDY JAMES STORE

For the entire month of July you can get 15% by adding the code at checkout: AllJuly15

Here is what’s in the store:

QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT DELUXE DOUBLE VINYL *SIGNED
https://thewendyjames.com/product/queen-high-straight-deluxe-double-gatefold-12-vinyl-signed/

QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT DELUXE CD *SIGNED
https://thewendyjames.com/product/queen-high-straight-deluxe-2cd-signed/

QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT STANDARD CD *SIGNED
https://thewendyjames.com/product/queen-high-straight-regular-cd-signed/

QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT DIGITAL DOWNLOAD
https://thewendyjames.com/product/queen-high-straight-20-track-digital-download/

QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT OFFICIAL POSTER
https://thewendyjames.com/product/queen-high-straight-official-poster/

QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT OFFICIAL T-SHIRT 
https://thewendyjames.com/product/queen-high-straight-official-t-shirt/

QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT DOUBLE 12” VINYL TEST PRESSING (ONLY 2 SETS AVAILABLE) *SIGNED AND PERSONALIZED
https://thewendyjames.com/product/queen-high-straight-double-12-vinyl-test-pressing-signed-2/

QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT RECORDING SESSION LYRIC SHEETS *SIGNED & PERSONALIZED
https://thewendyjames.com/product/original-and-one-of-a-kind-wendy-james-queen-high-straight-notated-and-personalized-lyric-sheet-signed/

QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT RECORDING SESSION MIX NOTES *SIGNED & PERSONALIZED
https://thewendyjames.com/product/original-and-one-of-a-kind-wendy-james-queen-high-straight-personalized-recording-and-mix-notes-signed/

THE OFFICIAL ‘THE PRICE OF THE TICKET’ T-SHIRT
https://thewendyjames.com/product/the-official-the-price-of-the-ticket-t-shirt-in-colour/

THE TATLER MAGAZINE T-SHIRT 
https://thewendyjames.com/product/the-wendy-james-tatler-magazine-t-shirt/

THE WENDY JAMES ‘EVERY SONG IS DOPE T-SHIRT
https://thewendyjames.com/product/wendy-james-every-song-is-dope-classic-t-shirt/

THE WENDY JAMES / FACE MAGAZINE T-SHIRT 
https://thewendyjames.com/product/wendy-james-face-magazine-t-shirt/

THE WENDY JAMES / TRANSVISION VAMP ‘KURT SHIRT’ T-SHIRT
https://thewendyjames.com/product/wendy-james-transvision-vamp-kurt-shirt-t-shirt/

ICON T-SHIRT
https://thewendyjames.com/product/the-wendy-james-transvision-vamp-icon-t-shirt/

1989 HOODIE
https://thewendyjames.com/product/the-wendy-james-transvision-vamp-1989-hoodie/

REVOLUTION BABY HOODIE
https://thewendyjames.com/product/the-wendy-james-transvision-vamp-revolution-baby-hoodie/

ALL GIGS VIP PASS 
https://thewendyjames.com/product/v-i-p-the-wendy-james-gig-pass/

THE PRICE OF THE TICKET CD
https://thewendyjames.com/product/the-price-of-the-ticket-cd/

YOU’RE A DIRTBOMB, LESTER + FAREWELL TO LOVE 7” VINYL
https://thewendyjames.com/product/youre-a-dirtbomb-lester-farewell-to-love-7-vinyl/

RACINE 2 12″ VINYL PICTURE DISC
https://thewendyjames.com/product/racine-2-picture-disc-12-vinyl-lp/

ICON POSTER
https://thewendyjames.com/product/the-wendy-james-transvision-vamp-icon-poster/

IF LOOKS COULD KILL POSTER
https://thewendyjames.com/product/the-wendy-james-transvision-vamp-if-looks-could-kill-poster/

THE WENDY FUCKING JAMES PATCH AND STICKER SET
https://thewendyjames.com/product/the-wendy-james-patch-and-stickers-bundle/

THE WENDY FUCKING JAMES PATCH 
https://thewendyjames.com/product/the-wendy-james-patch/

THE WENDY FUCKING JAMES STICKER SET
https://thewendyjames.com/product/the-wendy-james-stickers/

YOU CAN ALSO PRE-ORDER A SELECTION OF THE WENDY JAMES ALBUM 10
– which is coming along really well! I’m very excited, inspired and happy with the songs I’ve written so far!

THE WENDY JAMES ALBUM 10 DELUXE 12” VINYL
https://thewendyjames.com/product/the-wendy-james-album-10-deluxe-12-vinyl-download-signed/

THE WENDY JAMES ALBUM 10 DELUXE CD
https://thewendyjames.com/product/the-wendy-james-album-10-deluxe-cd-signed/

THE WENDY JAMES ALBUM 10 STANDARD CD
https://thewendyjames.com/product/the-wendy-james-album-10-standard-cd-signed/

THE WENDY JAMES ALBUM 10 OFFICIAL T-SHIRT
https://thewendyjames.com/product/the-wendy-james-album-10-official-t-shirt/

THE WENDY JAMES ALBUM 10 OFFICIAL POSTER
https://thewendyjames.com/product/the-wendy-james-album-10-official-poster/

THE WENDY JAMES ALBUM 10 ORIGINAL ARTWORK PROOF 12” VINYL
https://thewendyjames.com/product/the-wendy-james-album-10-ltd-edition-original-artwork-proof-deluxe-12-vinyl-signed-personalized/

THE WENDY JAMES ALBUM 10 ORIGINAL ARTWORK PROOF DELUXE CD
https://thewendyjames.com/product/he-wendy-james-album-10-ltd-edition-original-artwork-proof-deluxe-cd/

THE WENDY JAMES ALBUM 10 ORIGINAL ARTWORK PROOF STANDARD CD
https://thewendyjames.com/product/the-wendy-james-album-10-ltd-edition-original-artwork-proof-standard-cd-signed-personalized/

THE WENDY JAMES ALBUM 10 12” VINYL TEST PRESSING
https://thewendyjames.com/product/the-wendy-james-album-10-deluxe-12-vinyl-test-pressing-signed-personalized/

THE WENDY JAMES ALBUM 10 RECORDING STUDIO VISIT
https://thewendyjames.com/product/the-wendy-james-album-10-vip-studio-visit/

I ship worldwide!

ENJOY YOUR SUMMER! 

ENJOY MY SUMMER SALE!

Add code: AllJuly15 at checkout!

AND SEE YOU ON THE WENDY JAMES UK TOUR FROM AUGUST 26TH UNTIL OCTOBER 2ND! 

GET YOUR TICKETS HERE: https://thewendyjames.com/live

GET YOUR VIP PASSES HERE: https://thewendyjames.com/store

Love,

Wendy xxxx

1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT’S RELEASE

1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT’S RELEASE

Hi Everyone!

Today is May 1st, incredibly… one whole year since the release of QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT, last year in pandemic year 2020!

I thought I’d take a moment to remember the making of and the run up to it’s release! 

Quite a few of you visited the various recording studios I worked in on Queen High Straight and saw the kind of intense detail that went into the recording, some of you saw vocal sessions! Some of you saw whole band sessions and if I recall correctly, some saw the horn and woodwind overdubs too! 

I have incredible musical memories from the recording sessions, aided and abetted by world class engineers who worked hours and hours and hours to help me get onto tape what it was, as producer, I needed to hear. 

One particular memory is trumpet player Terry Edwards playing in unison with James Sedwards perfect guitar solo in Track 17 ‘I’ll Be Here When The Morning Comes’ to watch and hear them play with this feel and precision was awesome. The clarinet playing on Track 1 ‘Queen High Straight’ is Alex Ward improvising from the top of the song to the bottom and playing so many beautiful motifs from which I could cherry pick, and it makes the whole song so dreamy. Louis Vause’s extraordinary accordion playing in the Middle 8 of Track 18 ‘Cancel It… I’ll See Him On Monday’ makes that whole hobo sound of jumping on freight trains somewhere out in the dust bowl of the USA and making it to Nashville! 

My music, as well as being well written pop and rock songs, also create little musical movies, the lyrics and the sounds tell each song’s story…

Video for Queen High Straight

I flit from the night-time streets of Soho, London in the 1950’s and ’60s, in the French House and the Colony Rooms with London’s underworld hi and lo in Track 10 ‘Testimonial’, through to 1970’s Malibu and the Pacific Coast Highway in Track 4 ‘Stomp Down, Snuck Up’, Ladies of the night on Rue Saint Denis in Paris in Track 13 ‘She Likes To Be (Underneath Somebody)’, Street Crime in 1990’s Baltimore, USA in Track 5 ‘Little Melvin’, The pursuit and fight for Civil Rights in Track 3 ‘Free Man Walk’, and back in time for Track 6 ‘Marlene et Fleur’ conjuring the annexation of Jewish Ghettos in Germany before the mass extermination began in World War II. A war that was fought to preserve Democracy in the West against the rise of Fascism. I love track 14 ‘Bliss Hotel’, I sing “Just hit your marks, Stay in the light and Do the same thing, Do the same thing, Do the same thing…” about the somewhat rote banality of finding a formula for success and then just rinse and repeat. Something I can genuinely say I’ve avoided in my musical life! I love my speed punk Track 16 ‘The Impression Of Normalcy’ – as I wrote in the liner notes for the Double Vinyl and Deluxe CD release of Queen High Straight, my demo for this song was far more along the lines of a Nirvana-esque mid-tempo quiet verse, loud chorus but my wonderful drummer James Sclavunos shouted out from behind his kit, after a few practice runs, “Can we speed the fucking thing up?” And how right he was! – it’s one of my favorite songs on the album and I’m still intending to make it back to Rome to shoot a video for it with David Leigh Dodd, who you all know by now as the photographer for the entire presentation of this album and also the accompanying videos, which unbelievably he shoots on iPhone and edits too…

Video for Cancel It… I’ll See Him On Monday’

All the musicians on Queen High Straight are phenomenal, Harry Bohay came up with and played the most perfect bass lines and in the studio had them down within 2 takes, he is just so naturally gifted, if you follow him on instagram you get to see him play guitar, bass, and beautiful pedal steel. James Sedwards on lead and rhythm guitar, James came into the studio loaded with so many perfect melodies for the guitar as well as the power riffs I love so much! I am in a very happy place musically where I work with such gifted musicians. 

Once the album was finished, the artwork complete, off went the parts, as they are called, to the pressing plant in Poland in December. Little did we know that a pandemic was looming!! I was in New York in January as the news from China was permeating and now we know cases were already in the US, from China and from The UK and Europe, I remember saying “there’s no way it will still be around in May” when my tour for Queen High Straight was originally scheduled to start! Of course how uninformed and naive we all were… now one year later we are slowly making our way out of emergency measures and my tour, having been rescheduled 3 times is now going ahead, later in the year! The poor pressing plant in Poland was hit badly, people sick and otherwise furloughed like nearly every business during pandemic, but somehow, thanks to the coordinator Liz Brown at Key Production, everything was delivered perfectly and on time, including the lovely man from Lithuania who drove from Poland to France to bring me thousands of covers to sign, then drove them back to Poland to be assembled with their CD’s and Vinyls! The poor guy arrived one day early and so with masks and gloves on, we helped him forklift the boxes from his lorry and carry them up flights of stairs to a room where I emptied all the boxes and just sat there and signed, signed, signed until about 6pm that same day where we loaded them back onto the lorry, gave him some food (he was only eating mini-packs of cereal) and off he went. Miraculously the records made it to their distribution hubs in Los Angeles and London and with the inevitable postal delays of COVID permitting, we delivered QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT, to those of you who’d preordered, on May 1 or during that week!

The rest is history, right? The best reviews of my life! Not least of all from you, the fans, you’ve all been so incredible in telling me how much you’ve loved this album, to this day, many of you say it’s still on constant play As it should be!! We’ve communicated well! Even having you choose your pick of a single to go to Radio! Track 6 ‘Marlene et Fleur,’ coupled with Track 20 ‘Kill Some Time Blues’

Video for Kill Some Time Blues

So! Thank you very much for your love of QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT – if you don’t yet have it, you must! 

Buy here: https://thewendyjames.com/store

Here’s a look back at the video I made and released on May 1 2020 to celebrate the release!

Video for Wendy’s party of 1 in COVID isolation!

2021 TOUR NEWS!

My live band THE WENDY JAMES BAND are Wendy James on Vocals, Leo Kurunis on Bass Jordan Cook on Drums, Rupert Greaves on Keyboard and Guitar, Pip Stakem on Guitar, Alex Ward on Keyboard and Guitar. Finally! We will see you out on the road in a few months time! Starting on August 26th in Blackpool, the much delayed tour is now going ahead! We are traversing mainland UK for 5 nights on, 2 nights off for 5 straight weeks! Taking in everywhere from Truro to Paisley!

Get your tickets here: https://thewendyjames.com/live

Get your VIP passes here: https://thewendyjames.com/product/v-i-p-the-wendy-james-gig-pass/

We will go further afield in 2022, coming to Northern and Southern Ireland and Europe for sure and then on to USA, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and more I hope! 

My band and I are rehearsing up 3 hours worth of material from all my albums, from Transvision Vamp, through to the two RACINE albums, I Came Here To Blow Minds, The Price Of The Ticket and of course a large helping of Queen High Straight. From this massive list of songs we will be able to do a revolving and different set list per night! So, if you can, come to more than one show! It’s a massive and comprehensive tour of the UK and one I cannot think I will do again! So this could well be the last time you get to see me live in so many places on the map! It will be an incredible tour, we are all so looking forward to it. Rehearsals are booked for the 1st August and we will be ready for you on August 26th! Back in the van, loaded high with Alan Partridge DVD’s – here we come!! 

See you there!

ALBUM 10 NEWS!

Now, I’m so happy with Album 10 progress.. I’m nearly onto Song 4, and the first three songs are dynamite. I am really, really pushing myself, I am trying for melodies, which as soon as you’ve heard them, you cannot stop singing! Once again, I can start to imagine the full production and the thrill of recording with the musicians…

This album inevitably is rather special. It’s my 10th Album and I mean to make it one to love and cherish. A landmark piece of work.

Please do go ahead and preorder THE WENDY JAMES ALBUM 10 here: https://thewendyjames.com/product-category/wendy-james-album-10/

There are various formats available, official posters, t-shirts, and the limited edition of artwork proofs… which I sign and personalize. There is also the chance, once again, to visit the studio during recording! 

**I’ve also added to the items in my store, as you know: the Icon and If Looks Could Kill posters, the t-shirts and the Revolution Baby and 1989 hoodies! 

For clothing and posters here: 

https://thewendyjames.com/product-category/t-shirts-hoodies/
https://thewendyjames.com/product-category/posters-artwork-proofs/

https://thewendyjames.com/product/racine-2-picture-disc-12-vinyl-lp/

So, now, I must go back to my guitar and see if I remember what I wrote last night! That’s how I test it out, if it sticks then it sticks, if it doesn’t then it doesn’t! 

A2 IF LOOKS COULD KILL & ICON POSTER

My love to you all! See you soon!

And Congratulations QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT! You’re one year old!

🎂

Lots of love

Wendy xo

SPRING WEEKEND

Hello Everyone!! I hope you’re well! 

NEWS!

THE WENDY JAMES ALBUM 10

Song 1 of THE WENDY JAMES ALBUM 10 is complete in guide form! I’m very excited about this! I can already hear the production I want for this song and soon I’m going to send it out to my musicians to start having a play around with it! I’m actively writing Song 2 as I break off to write this update! 

You can preorder ALBUM 10 in various forms here: https://thewendyjames.com/product-category/wendy-james-album-10/

This is what is available to date: 

THE WENDY JAMES ALBUM 10 DELUXE 12” VINYL

https://thewendyjames.com/product/the-wendy-james-album-10-deluxe-12-vinyl-download-signed/

THE WENDY JAMES ALBUM 10 DELUXE CD

https://thewendyjames.com/product/the-wendy-james-album-10-deluxe-cd-signed/

THE WENDY JAMES ALBUM 10 STANDARD CD

https://thewendyjames.com/product/the-wendy-james-album-10-standard-cd-signed/

THE WENDY JAMES ALBUM 10 OFFICIAL T-SHIRT

https://thewendyjames.com/product/the-wendy-james-album-10-official-t-shirt/

THE WENDY JAMES ALBUM 10 OFFICIAL POSTER

https://thewendyjames.com/product/the-wendy-james-album-10-official-poster/

THE WENDY JAMES ALBUM 10 ORIGINAL ARTWORK PROOF 12” VINYL

https://thewendyjames.com/product/the-wendy-james-album-10-ltd-edition-original-artwork-proof-deluxe-12-vinyl-signed-personalized/

THE WENDY JAMES ALBUM 10 ORIGINAL ARTWORK PROOF DELUXE CD

https://thewendyjames.com/product/he-wendy-james-album-10-ltd-edition-original-artwork-proof-deluxe-cd/

THE WENDY JAMES ALBUM 10 ORIGINAL ARTWORK PROOF STANDARD CD

https://thewendyjames.com/product/the-wendy-james-album-10-ltd-edition-original-artwork-proof-standard-cd-signed-personalized/

THE WENDY JAMES ALBUM 10 12” VINYL TEST PRESSING

https://thewendyjames.com/product/the-wendy-james-album-10-deluxe-12-vinyl-test-pressing-signed-personalized/

THE WENDY JAMES ALBUM 10 RECORDING STUDIO VISIT

https://thewendyjames.com/product/the-wendy-james-album-10-vip-studio-visit/

Of course any purchase you make goes toward the enormous climb it is, each time, to afford to record an album… I don’t have a record label or a huge amount of savings to make this easy! It’s purely down to what I earn… so, I Thank you in advance and I promise the music will not disappoint, I’m sure you know that!!

NEW MERCHANDISE

Buy here: https://thewendyjames.com/product/the-wendy-james-transvision-vamp-1989-hoodie/

Buy here: https://thewendyjames.com/product/the-wendy-james-transvision-vamp-revolution-baby-hoodie/

Buy here: https://thewendyjames.com/product/the-wendy-james-transvision-vamp-icon-t-shirt/

Yes, indeed! I have added to the store 2 Hoodies! The ‘1989’ Wendy James/Transvision Vamp Tour Hoodie and the ‘Revolution Baby’ Wendy James / Transvision Vamp Hoodie AND the Wendy James / Transvision Vamp ‘Icon’ T-Shirt! They are amazing! The ‘Icon’ t-shirt is rapidly becoming a best seller, along side the ‘Kurt Shirt’ and the hoodies are just so luxurious! The ‘1989’ is incredible, in as much that with your help, my agents, my old managers help and various online data bases, I managed to compile every gig we played in the breakout year of 1989 – a full world tour! So for all of you who attended one or more of these shows, then this hoodie is for you! The ‘Revolution Baby’ hoodie is in black and I love it so much! I love the shot of me and I love the logo on the back with lyrics from the song ‘Revolution Baby’. 

The other two new items in the store are 2 companion posters! 

The Wendy James / Transvision Vamp ‘If Looks Could Kill’ poster… this is the image which is on the ‘Kurt Shirt’ and was Transvison Vamp’s tour t-shirt in 1991 to promote Little Magnets versus The Bubble Of Babble. The ‘Icon’ poster is literally the companion to the ‘Icon’ T-Shirt and is simply one of my favorite photos of all time. Both posters in ‘silk matte’ finish and A2 in size… WONDERFUL!

You can buy those here:

IF LOOKS COULD KILL POSTER

https://thewendyjames.com/product/the-wendy-james-transvision-vamp-if-looks-could-kill-poster/

ICON POSTER

https://thewendyjames.com/product/the-wendy-james-transvision-vamp-icon-poster/

THE WENDY JAMES  BAND UK CLUB TOUR IS GOING AHEAD!

It really does look like 3 is the magic number! We’ve had to delay from May 2020 to September 2020, from September 2020 to March/April 2021, from March/April 2021 to finally: August/September 2021! I’m even adding more dates! *To Be Announced! There will be a different set list every night of the tour! I’m going to play as many songs from Transvision Vamp and all my solo albums as possible and of course play you the tracks of Queen High Straight! It will be wonderful! I’ll start rehearsing the band at the front of August and we will hit the ground running on August 26th in Blackpool!! Every ticket you’ve already bought is still valid, every VIP pass you’ve spent is still valid and I look forward very much to seeing/meeting you all! 

If you don’t yet have a ticket, now’s the time to do it! On the live page of my website are direct links to each venue’s box office: https://thewendyjames.com/live and if you’d like to VIP and come and spend soundcheck and the evening with me and the band, then the VIP pass is here: https://thewendyjames.com/product/v-i-p-the-wendy-james-gig-pass/

In case you’d forgotten (!!) Here are the reviews for QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT:

“packed with 20 songs, remarkably filler-free, brimming with colourful vocabulary, catty character study (a Supremes-y Little Melvin), melodic excellence and stylistic dexterity… There’s everything from Bitter Sweet MOR (Testimonial) to kitsch-pop (Ratfucking), but few nail flat-out punk rock as convincingly as does James on Perilous Beauty and The Impression of Normalcy. She means it, man, and it’s a joy throughout.” – 4/5 MOJO 

“A superior collection of cosmopolitan pop music, the 20-song set is both catchy and complex. “I spend each day in splendid isolation, the quintessential intersection of nothing,” she sings on the waltz-time wonder that is Free Man Walk. In doing so, she might just have written the anthem that best describes the lives of everyone who hears it.” – The Telegraph 

“A Motown flecked ode” (Little Melvin) – The Times

“A characteristically ambitious album, a double, 20 songs… a varied retro-pop clutch; James knows her way around the chords, and how to keep things moving. But the charm lies in their personality…” – Metro

“Written, produced and mixed by (ex-Transivision Vamp) Wendy James fronting a strong band and dabbling in a dizzying variety of styles.” – Classic Rock

stylish, vintage sounds, in thrall to the Velvet Underground, Bob Dylan and 1960s pop.” – 4/5 Mail on Sunday 

“Wendy gets the last laugh with an up-for-it 20-song double album of punk, rock & roll and general mayhem. Just as energetic as the Vamps, the songs are sharper than ever.” – Daily Star 

“James specialising in a Stooges belligerence as she rampages across half the album as if about to wreak terrible vengeance on the speakers. There’s an insouciant poise throughout, as James ensures her devilment is backed up by strong tunes… It’s impressive, showcasing what an under-rated writer and producer James has matured into.” – Classic Pop 

“Reflective music from a real queen… an album for James fans and newcomers alike.” – Vive Le Rock 

Wendy xoxo

ANNOUNCING TWO ICONIC POSTERS TO THE WENDY JAMES STORE!

Hi Everyone! I hope you’re all doing well!

I am so happy to announce two new posters to add to the growing collection in my webstore! 

1. THE WENDY JAMES / TRANSVISION VAMP ‘IF LOOKS COULD KILL’ POSTER

The famous shot from the ‘Kurt Shirt’ i.e the Transvision Vamp ‘If Looks Could Kill’ shot, turned into the touring t-shirt for the year 1991. Kurt Cobain bought his shirt from the US leg of world touring and proceeded to wear often! 

The ‘Kurt Shirt’ is in store here: 

THE WENDY JAMES / TRANSVISION VAMP ORIGINAL ‘KURT SHIRT’ T-SHIRT

The ‘If Looks Could Kill’ Poster is printed on quality rich paper, in matte and is A2 size: 420 x 594 cm. It is unique to this store. 

*A2 Size

*Quality rich matte paper

*Buy now

LINK:  https://thewendyjames.com/product/the-wendy-james-transvision-vamp-if-looks-could-kill-poster/

2. THE WENDY JAMES / TRANSVISION VAMP ‘ICON’ POSTER

A companion poster to the ‘ICON’ T-Shirt! 

You can buy the ICON T-Shirt here: 

THE WENDY JAMES / TRANSVISION VAMP ‘ICON’ T-SHIRT

This photo of Wendy is truly iconic! One of her most famous and recognizable shots… It is printed on quality rich paper, in matte and is A2 size: 420 x 594 cm. It is unique to this store. 

*A2 Size

*Quality rich paper

*Buy now

LINK: https://thewendyjames.com/product/the-wendy-james-transvision-vamp-icon-poster/

I decided to go A2 on these, hopefully you’ll buy both as a set! I really love both of these shots, they represent so much to me, and I’m sure in your memories too! Typically I’m not one to linger in a nostalgic past but these two shots (and a handful more) are timeless and I think they deserve to be available….

Much Love, talk soon with news of ALBUM 10 writing progress and more! 

Wendy xx

Happy New Year!!!!!! 2021!!!!!

Hello Everyone! How are you? Did you have a good Christmas and holiday? I hope so!! Are you cranking up the gears into the new year?

I want to announce and present to you 3 new clothing items in the web store and I’m BEYOND excited and thrilled with them!

THE WENDY JAMES / TRANSVISION VAMP ‘REVOLUTION BABY’ HOODIE!!

This stunning photo of Wendy was originally on a picture disc for a remix of Transvision Vamp’s first ever single ‘Revolution Baby’. Now the picture disc artwork has been restored and is an Official Wendy James Hoodie. The hi-resolution image of Wendy is on the front of the hoodie and the Transvision Vamp logo is on the back with the Revolution Baby lyrics:

“I’m so bored of this institution
I need something to set me loose and
Music’s gonna be my Revolution Baby”

“I’ve had enough of burnt out reunions
I need someone to set me loose and
I want you to be my Revolution Baby”

“I’m so tired of all this confusion
Everyone talking like there’s no solution
When a change of heart could be the Revolution Baby”

“You could be that Revolution Baby”

The hoodie itself is in black and extremely high quality. It is Combed 3ply organic cotton, certified ‘Vegan approved’. It is a classic unisex styling with the kangaroo pocket on the front, raglan sleeves and drawstring double face hood.

*Unisex S. M. L. XL. XXL.

*Buy Now

https://thewendyjames.com/product/the-wendy-james-transvision-vamp-revolution-baby-hoodie/

THE WENDY JAMES / TRANSVISION VAMP ‘1989’ HOODIE

This hoodie is the ultimate Transvision Vamp tour hoodie! Between databases, agents, managers and fans (!) all the tour dates, starting in May 1989, for Transvision Vamp’s momentous year out on the road, gigging the No.1 hit album ‘Velveteen’ and the previous No.4 hit album ‘Pop Art’, have been gathered and put in order. The tour dates are on the back of the hoodie, find the ones you went to! This ‘1989’ hoodie is for you!

Transvision Vamp

1989

May

18 Bari Azzurro Teatro Petruzzelli
20 Bari Azzurro Teatro Petruzzelli

June

4 Törnävänsaari Seinäjokini Provinssirock
11 Bristol Studio
12 Brighton Top Rank
13 Portsmouth Guildhall
15 Oxford Apollo
16 London Brixton Academy
17 Folkestone Leas Cliff Hall
18 Birmingham Aston Villa Leisure Centre
19 Leeds University
21 Glasgow Barrowland
22 Edinburgh Playhouse
23 Aberdeen Music Hall
24 Manchester International II
25 Liverpool Royal Court Theatre
26 Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
27 Cambridge Corn Exchange
28 London Brixton Academy

July

1 Leysin Festival Centre des Sports
21 Tokyo Ink Stick
22 Tokyo Ink Stick
27 Brisbane Seagulls R.L.F.C.
28 Brisbane Alexandra Hills Hotel
29 Brisbane Calamvale Hotel
31 Melbourne Metro Nightclub

August

1 Melbourne Metro Nightclub
4 Melbourne Festival Hall
5 Canberra Tuggeranong Hotel
6 Jindabyne Lake Hotel
7 Jindabyne Lake Hotel
9 Newcastle Workers Club
10 Sydney Selinas Nightclub
11 Sydney Horden Pavillion
12 Sydney Horden Pavillion
14 Adelaide Old Lion Hotel
16 Perth Stadium Herdsman Hotel
17 Perth Palladium Nightclub
18 Perth Palladium Nightclub
19 Perth Cargos Nightclub
23 Los Angeles The Roxy
29 New York City The Cat Club

September

9 Verona Festivalbar Arena di Verona
18 Hamburg Markthalle
19 Berlin Metropol
20 Bochum Zeche
21 Bonn Biskuithalle
22 Amsterdam Paradiso
24 Frankfurt Batschkapp
25 Stuttgart LKA Longhorn
27 Munich Theaterfabrik
28 Zurich Schützenhaus Albisgütli
29 Vienna Das Zelt

October

1 Milan Rolling Stone
3 Valencia Arena Auditorium
4 Madrid Sala Jácara
5 Barcelona Zeleste
7 Paris Le Palace
8 Brussels Ancienne Belgique
15 Aberdeen Capital
16 Edinburgh Playhouse
17 Glasgow Barrowlands
18 Glasgow Barrowlands
20 Sheffield City Hall
22 Newcastle City Hall
23 Manchester Apollo
24 Manchester Apollo
25 Hanley Victoria Hall
27 London Hammersmith Odeon
28 London Hammersmith Odeon
29 London Hammersmith Odeon
30 Poole Arts Centre

November

1 Newport Centre
2 Newport Centre
3 Birmingham Aston Villa Leisure Centre
4 Birmingham Aston Villa Leisure Centre
5 Birmingham Aston Villa Leisure Centre
7 Exeter University
8 Cornwall St Austell Coliseum
9 London Brixton Academy
10 London Brixton Academy
11 Liverpool Royal Court Theatre
12 Dublin Point Theatre
13 Belfast Ulster Hall
30 Lisbon Pavilhão de Belenenses

December

1 Oporto Pavilhão Infante de Sagres

On the front is a well known and loved, classic shot of Wendy in her denim jacket. A version of this image was, in fact, on an original tour t-shirt and a massive poster, but it is now a hi resolution print on a luxurious hoodie!

The hoodie itself is in white and extremely high quality. It is Combed 3ply organic cotton, certified ‘Vegan approved’. It is a classic unisex styling with the kangaroo pocket on the front, raglan sleeves and drawstring double face hood.

*Unisex S. M. L. XL. XXL.

*Buy Now

https://thewendyjames.com/product/the-wendy-james-transvision-vamp-1989-hoodie/

THE WENDY JAMES / TRANSVISION VAMP ‘ICON’ T-SHIRT

This T-Shirt is truly iconic! One of the most famous and recognizable shots of Wendy in Transvision Vamp is now a beautiful hi-resolution print on a 100% soft black cotton t-shirt in a classic unisex round neck, straight cut shape and available in S. M. L. XL. XXL. Bound to rival The Wendy James / Transvision Vamp ‘Kurt Shirt’ in popularity! 

*100% Soft Cotton Classic Black T-Shirt

*Unisex S. M. L. XL. XXL.

*Buy Now

https://thewendyjames.com/product/the-wendy-james-transvision-vamp-icon-t-shirt/

I’m so in love with all three of these items! I have a size small sample of each and I have not stopped wearing them! Let me tell you: The ‘Revolution Baby’ and ‘1989’ Hoodies are so thick and luxurious and the quality of the prints are exceptional. I love them! And the ‘Icon’ T-Shirt is so, so, so cool and the hi res print is amazing! It’s perfect! – and really pleasing to have the t-shirt in black! 

They are, all three, must-haves! They are a piece of history and of the present! 

To other matters:

Well, I’m fully underway writing ALBUM 10 and I will post updates on the progress I make as I complete a demo for each song! 

Pre-Order here: https://thewendyjames.com/product-category/wendy-james-album-10/

The RACINE 2 picture disc has shipped to those of you who preordered and is now available in the store!

Buy Here: https://thewendyjames.com/product/racine-2-picture-disc-12-vinyl-lp/

I’ve rescheduled THE WENDY JAMES BAND 2021 UK Club Tour for August / September, not one slip up, not one date lost and I know we all cannot wait to be at the shows!

Direct Ticket Links here: https://thewendyjames.com/live 

VIP Gig Passes here: https://thewendyjames.com/store

You may also notice now, how https://thewendyjames.com/store has been redesigned to show off all the different aspects i.e Music, T-Shirts, Posters and Artwork Proofs and more.. I think it’s very good indeed! 

So! Happy New Year Everyone! and I present to you the three new classics! The ‘Revolution Baby’ and ’1989’ Hoodies and The ‘Icon’ T-Shirt!

Much, Much Love

Wendy xoxo

THE RACINE 2 DOUBLE SIDED PICTURE DISC IS NOW SHIPPING!!

If you’ve not already made a preorder then now’s the time to buy this limited edition picture disc! 

THE RACINE 2 DOUBLE SIDED PICTURE DISC IS NOW SHIPPING!!

This is my second official solo album. (*Not including my post Transvision Vamp previous release, collaboration with Elvis Costello, ’Now Ain’t The Time For Your Tears’).

RACINE 2 was recorded in New Jersey and Brooklyn, USA and mixed in Brooklyn, USA and Tokyo, Japan. It has 11 original songs on it and really planted the flag for my production and sound going forward. Under the name Racine, I wrote and produced and co-mixed this album and made clear my musical intentions. RACINE 2 only ever came out on CD in 2006! Now, here it is on Picture Disc Vinyl, with fully printed matte inner-sleeve and jacket cover, consistent with the original artwork of RACINE 2.

WHERE THERE’S A WILL… AND THERE IS A FUCKING WILL…

I can’t believe it’s 14 years since RACINE 2 came out on CD. To this day I play these songs live and they always thrill me. Now, with momentum gathering after I Came Here To Blow Minds, The Price Of The Ticket and Queen High Straight, it seems to me a perfect moment to reissue RACINE 2 but this time on vinyl! 

I’ve chosen to do a double sided picture disc, the art extrapolated from the original label, with lovely matte printed inner sleeves for lyrics and credits and the vinyl jacket remains integral to the original artwork, too. 

I think the presentation is wonderful! The music rocks! I am reminded of all the places I traveled to, to record and mix this album! From Hoboken, New Jersey, to Brooklyn, New York to Tokyo, Japan! 

In my original liner notes I wrote: 

“Remember the Path train and 6th Avenue and Dunkin Donuts? There is nothing better in the world than being in a band and feeling like a gang.” “This album is the recorded moments of getting in a live room and laying down some sweet, sweet vibes”

How true and how some things never change!

Thank you to everyone from the first time around! Thank you to all of you now, as we continue on with more and more music in front of us. 

Love

Wendy 2020 

Running Time – 35.01

TRACK LISTING

Side A

1. WAY – 2:48
2. I’M FREAKING OUT – 1:58
3. RACINE – 4:14
4. BOBBY’S GOING ELECTRIC – 2:58
5. YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, SISTER – 3:16
6. THERE AIN’T NO WAY – I CAN’T DO NO TWENNY IN THIS – 5:00

Running Time -19:34

Side B

7. OUI OU NON – A STRAIGHT BOOGALOO – 2:48
8. STONED, RIPPED AND TWISTED – 4:00
9. ESSEX DOG – 3:01
10. THOSE LEG MOTHERFUCKERS – 2:52
11. BITTER FUNNY – 3:26

Running Time – 15:27

MUSICIANS

Vocals – Wendy James
Guitar & Bass – Henric Strahl
Bass – James Meynell
Drums & Percussion – Ray Sullivan

Written, Produced and Mixed by Wendy James
Recording Engineers – Ted Young & Josh Copp
Mix Engineer – Glen Robinson

Recorded and Mixed at Water Music, Hoboken NJ, McKibbin Street, Brooklyn NY & Atomic Studios, Brooklyn NY

*I’m Freaking Out, Oui ou Non – A Straight Boogaloo, Essex Dog & Bitter Funny – Mixed by Kunihko Imai and Hideyuki Matsuhashi at IRc2 Studio Tokyo, Japan

All tracks mastered by Howie Weinberg at Masterdisk, NYC 

*Remastered by Fred Kevorkian, NYC

Photography – James Traill
Art Direction –  Wendy James
Layout Jeremy Lawson & Angela Won-Yin Mak at A•WY•M Studio

*Mastered for Vinyl

*Limited Edition 250 copies only

*Buy Now

THE RACINE 2 DOUBLE SIDED PICTURE DISC IS NOW SHIPPING!!

Much love and thank you

Wendy xoxo

THE WENDY JAMES BAND 2021 UK CLUB TOUR​

Hi everyone!

We are moving the tour! This time we are pushing back to August and September 2021. The dates are set and confirmed and all your tickets and VIP remain valid. All direct ticket links can be found at https://thewendyjames.com/live

I know we are all looking forward to this and have been for a year now! The pandemic of COVID19 hit us in January 2020 and since then we’ve all been playing counter-punch to the virus. I’ve spoken with all the promoters on this tour and no-one thinks that enough vaccinations will have been administered in time for un-socially distanced venues and that’s what we’re looking for! A hot, steamy venue where we are all up close and personal and deep in the music! 

So! Let’s get it together and put COVID19 in the rear view mirror! Sit tight one more time, for August/September 2021.

These are the dates, venues and links (with more to add!):  

BLACKPOOL WATERLOO MUSIC BAR – THURSDAY 26TH AUGUST
http://skiddle.com/e/27322881

NORWICH ARTS CENTRE – FRIDAY 27TH AUGUST
http://bit.ly/WendyJamesNAC

STOKE SUGARMILL – SATURDAY 28TH AUGUST
https://bit.ly/2RoOfUu

CARDIFF CLWB IFOR BACH – WEDNESDAY 1ST SEPTEMBER
bit.ly/WendyJamesBand-CDF

BRISTOL FLEECE – THURSDAY 2ND SEPTEMBER
https://bit.ly/2S14Iji

OXFORD O2 ACADEMY2 – FRIDAY 3RD SEPTEMBER
https://bit.ly/2YXmh5W

GUILDFORD BOILEROOM – SATURDAY 4TH SEPTEMBER
https://link.dice.fm/J8AGKCcoi3 

CAMBRIDGE JUNCTION – TUESDAY 7TH SEPTEMBER
https://bit.ly/2tpSXt3

TUNBRIDGE WELLS FORUM – WEDNESDAY 8TH SEPTEMBER
https://bit.ly/39eTwoP

QUEENS HALL NUNEATON – THURSDAY 9TH SEPTEMBER
https://t.ly/8c3f

PORTSMOUTH WEDGEWOOD ROOMS – FRIDAY 10TH SEPTEMBER
https://tinyurl.com/wpgqqoy

BRIGHTON CONCORDE 2 – TUESDAY 14TH SEPTEMBER
https://bit.ly/36xv9C2

MANCHESTER DEAF INSTITUTE  – WEDNESDAY 15TH SEPTEMBER
http://bit.ly/35rYHQ3

NOTTINGHAM BODEGA – THURSDAY 16TH SEPTEMBER
http://bit.ly/2uQnMaJ

LIVERPOOL JIMMY’S – FRIDAY 17TH SEPTEMBER
https://bit.ly/38FdUC9

BIRMINGHAM O2 INSTITUTE3 – SATURDAY 18TH SEPTEMBER http://bit.ly/WJInstitute 

NEWCASTLE CLUNY – WEDNESDAY 22ND SEPTEMBER
https://bit.ly/2s5k8ZE

GLASGOW KING TUTS – THURSDAY 23RD SEPTEMBER
ktwwh.co/wendyjames

PAISLEY ROCKNROLLAS – FRIDAY 24TH SEPTEMBER
www.rocknrollas.co.uk

EDINBURGH BANNERMANS – SATURDAY 25TH SEPTEMBER
http://t-s.co/wend0 

SWANSEA CINEMA & CO – TUESDAY 28TH SEPTEMBER
https://buff.ly/2NGe01q

LEEDS BRUDENELL – WEDNESDAY 29TH SEPTEMBER
http://bit.ly/WJamesLds

LONDON O2 ACADEMY2 ISLINGTON – FRIDAY 1ST OCTOBER
http://bit.ly/WJIslington

One of the things that has happened in the year since we originally were meant to be out gigging Queen High Straight in May 2020 is that I’ve had the time to listen back to my previous albums. I loved what I heard and have so many favorites, as I’m sure you do, so I’ve made a decision and a commitment to play a varied set list every night of the UK 2021 club tour so all these songs can have their moment and of course, play you Queen High Straight!  

Personally it’s been very tough for me to not be with my band, rehearsing and all the camaraderie that goes along with that and so I am as ready as anyone to get this show on the road. 

Onwards!!

I miss you all!!!!

Mark your calendars! We are moving to August / September! 

Get your tickets now and get your VIP if you want to spend time with me and the band, see the soundcheck and through the whole evening for the show!

VIP here: https://thewendyjames.com/product/v-i-p-the-wendy-james-gig-pass/

My love as always

Wendy xoxo

THE WENDY JAMES CHRISTMAS MESSAGE​

Hello Everyone… 

Today is the 23rd December and I want to wish you a Merry Christmas and the loveliest time over the holidays.

I hope you all have managed to survive this pandemic year 2020 with as little fallout economically, physically and emotionally as possible! 

Beyond how our daily lives, loves and work have been affected and how we’ve all had to adapt to manage to cobble together some semblance of reality which isn’t too upsetting, keeping in mind all the tragedy this pandemic has wreaked and all the resolve and bravery it has engendered in parents, teachers, health care professionals, volunteers, friends, co-workers and extended family members, this holiday season is one for us all to take care of each other and thank goodness we have 2021 to move into! 

May 1st, 2020 was and always shall be a treasured calendar date for me! It’s he day that my 20 Track Deluxe Album QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT was released! It took me 3 and a half years to make this album, from the first chord of the demo of the track Queen High Straight through to my mastering engineer sending me over a zip file of hi definition masters to go off to the pressing plant. 

In that journey I worked with some amazing engineers, some incredible musicians, a fantastic photographer and make up artist, graphic designers, some wonderful, hard working and dedicated people in the manufacturing, fulfillment and distribution of the album, brilliant PR people, some great DJ’s at radio and my marvelously obsessive team who help me run my website and store. 

Also in the journey there was, of course, as always: YOU. You who’ve not left my side since 1986! When Transvision Vamp began and you all first started liking, digging, loving the music I make. Boy oh boy, I wouldn’t be here without you, it’s that simple… From your letters to fan clubs in the early days, through to messages on social media, we’ve always had a good exchange. I try to give as much time and consideration to every message that comes my way, and in turn, you give me love, excitement and resilience to finish what I start and to deliver without compromise. I am so proud of how far we’ve come, I’m so happy to be able to view Transvision Vamp with pride and I am so happily astonished by the albums I’ve made since: Now Aint’ The Time For Your Tears, Racine No.1, Racine 2, I Came Here To Blow Minds, The Price Of The Ticket, Queen High Straight and now I am so confident in the future for (working title) Album 10.

Queen High Straight received the best reviews I’ve ever had for any record I’ve made! And how lovely that was! It was manufactured at the height of the first wave of COVID19 and yet, thanks to everyone involved, it suffered no delays. The only subsequent delays were related to delivery by a hobbled international postal service, but you got your albums and you loved it! The excitement and rush throughout June and July as you discovered the album with a daily wave of amazing reaction is something I’m just so happy and grateful for. 

There is much to be done! Primarily there are tours to go on, gigs to play (finally! How wonderful it will feel for us all to be at shows again!) I can’t wait to start rehearsals with my band and having had the time to listen back to my previous albums and been pleased with what I heard, I’ve made a commitment to play a varied set list every night of the UK 2021 club tour! My band and I have 3 hours of material to rehearse up so that a set list per night can serve up different favorites. For a musician, this is a lot of work and it’s challenge to know 44 songs (that’s the number) off by heart and then perform them as effortlessly as needs must! But it’s a challenge we relish and I know the songs, including some from Racine No.1 are going to get fleshed out and sound incredible. I am so fortunate to have the band I love…  I am hopeful that the March / April dates will go ahead, thanks to the Scientists and NHS for upcoming vaccinations and the promoters who’ve been flexible, to say the least! They’ve been run ragged rescheduling so many bands dates amid being furloughed and with their venues in doubt. If March and April are not viable then fear not, I have a pencilled and confirmed delayed schedule for later in the year. Buy your tickets now because it helps me and importantly it helps the venues: all ticket links and vip: https://thewendyjames.com/live. I also hope The Wendy James Band get booked onto some festivals for 2021. There is an EU tour being booked for October ’21 and I can tell you, also afoot, are exciting tour plans for 2022!

When I’m not rehearsing and gigging I will be writing ‘Album 10’. I have my notes made, I have done the preliminary work I tend to do, to launch into the songwriting stage. I have my musical ideas I want to explore! and on January 1st I will sit down, on my bed, guitar in hand, like all the other albums I’ve made, this is how it starts, and Track 1 will begin! Album 10 will be an anniversary album and as much as I can’t quite figure out how to top Queen High Straight, I am determined I shall and to serve up some completely desirous and moreish songs! Songs that will freak me out, in retrospect, as to how on earth I ever did them! It’s always a retroactive mystery to me! I listen to Queen High Straight and I marvel at it, yet in the moment, my process is clear and intentioned and I know exactly what I’m doing! Hopefully some of you will come on studio visits! And I’m going to ask David Leigh Dodd to start filming the whole process for a documentary! 

Thank you for every purchase you’ve made… You know it turns right back around and goes toward enabling more work. Alongside the love you show me and my music, your purchases help make my new albums and tours become reality. 

The Wendy James Store ‘Happy December’ Sale is still on! Please take advantage of that discount and get your free patch and stickers too!

Add the codes: DecemberSale15 and FreeSet15 at the checkout.

So! Enough about me, what about you? 

Well… I hope you have family and loved ones, in some shape or form on speed dial, on Zoom, on WhatsApp, on Skype, on FaceTime and in a limited manner, in person. I hope you eat and drink until you’re fit to bust! I hope you’re warm and loved and that for a few days you don’t worry about so much, you let loose, you relax. For all of us who are in a position of, if not wealth, at least relative comfort, let’s give a thought and even a good deed to help someone who might not be so fortunate. Times are hard at the best of times, and for some people who, in their own life stories, have fallen into difficulty, in a cold winter with social restrictions, when money and food and basic well being are an exhausting and daunting destination far off, mental and physical stability can seem beyond reach. Spare a moment for everyone around the world, without color, creed, gender, sexuality or religion factoring into judgment, just simply the fundamental humanity of us all. 

There’s nothing more warming, elevating and nourishing than someones love and it’s the easiest and least expensive thing to give. 

I think 2021 will be wonderful for many of us! I hope as many as possible… and for my part, I will not slack in any effort or commitment I make to you. 

Have a wonderful Christmas, a lovely holiday season and thank you for everything.

Love Wendy xoxo

23.12.20

THE WENDY JAMES STORE ‘HAPPY DECEMBER’ SALE

Well, it’s going to be a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays throughout the month of December at The Wendy James Store!

At the checkout add the code DecemberSale15 and you will get 15% off all your items. 

If you’ve not already got your copy of Queen High Straight or you think of someone you know who would love it, then now’s the time! The poster for Queen High Straight is beautiful too, why not add that in?! There are two *rare & collectable Queen High Straight double vinyl test pressings, the T-Shirts of course, all classics! The RACINE 2 remastered vinyl picture disc, there are 11 ‘I Came Here To Blow Minds’ cd’s left, 4 Queen High Straight Artwork Proof + T-Shirts bundles left (signed and personalized) and now you can pre-order THE WENDY JAMES ALBUM 10 too! And much much more…

ADDITIONALLY…

For the month of December I am giving away 100 patch and stickers sets. Comprising of ‘The Wendy Fucking James’ embroidered patch and 2 ‘It’s all in the hips, the lips, the eyes & the thighs’ stickers: one with white text, one with black text.

At the checkout add the code FreeSet15 and you will get your Patch and Stickers set for free

*The free Patch and Stickers Set is applicable to all store items except the Digital Downloads, VIP passes and The Wendy James Album 10 pre-order. You can also buy the patches, stickers and sets by themselves or as an add on.

The code for your 15% discount is: DecemberSale15 and the code for your free Patch and Stickers Set is: FreeSet15 and you enter them both at the checkout.

WHAT’S IN THE WENDY JAMES STORE

I have: 

QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT DELUXE DOUBLE VINYL *SIGNED

QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT DELUXE CD *SIGNED 

QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT STANDARD CD *SIGNED 

QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT DIGITAL DOWNLOAD

QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT OFFICIAL POSTER

QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT OFFICIAL T-SHIRT 

QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT DOUBLE 12” VINYL TEST PRESSING (ONLY 2 SETS AVAILABLE) *SIGNED AND PERSONALIZED

QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT RECORDING SESSION LYRIC SHEETS *SIGNED & PERSONALIZED

QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT RECORDING SESSION MIX NOTES *SIGNED & PERSONALIZED

THE OFFICIAL ‘THE PRICE OF THE TICKET’ T-SHIRT 

THE TATLER MAGAZINE T-SHIRT 

THE WENDY JAMES ‘EVERY SONG IS DOPE T-SHIRT 

THE WENDY JAMES / FACE MAGAZINE T-SHIRT 

THE WENDY JAMES / TRANSVISION VAMP ‘KURT SHIRT’ T-SHIRT 

ALL GIGS VIP PASS 

THE PRICE OF THE TICKET CD

YOU’RE A DIRTBOMB, LESTER + FAREWELL TO LOVE 7” VINYL 

I CAME HERE TO BLOW MINDS CD (11 left)

RACINE 2 12″ VINYL PICTURE DISC

THE WENDY JAMES ALBUM 10 DELUXE 12” VINYL (pre-order)

THE WENDY JAMES ALBUM 10 DELUXE CD (pre-order)

THE WENDY JAMES ALBUM 10 STANDARD CD (pre-order)

THE WENDY JAMES ALBUM 10 OFFICIAL T-SHIRT (pre-order)

THE WENDY JAMES ALBUM 10 OFFICIAL POSTER (pre-order)

THE WENDY JAMES ALBUM 10 ORIGINAL ARTWORK PROOF 12” VINYL (pre-order)

THE WENDY JAMES ALBUM 10 ORIGINAL ARTWORK PROOF DELUXE CD (pre-order)

THE WENDY JAMES ALBUM 10 ORIGINAL ARTWORK PROOF STANDARD CD(pre-order)

THE WENDY JAMES ALBUM 10 12” VINYL TEST PRESSING (pre-order)

THE WENDY JAMES ALBUM 10 RECORDING STUDIO VISIT (pre-order)

THE WENDY JAMES PATCH

THE WENDY JAMES STICKERS

THE WENDY JAMES PATCH & STICKERS SET

I’ll write again for a holiday round-up, well wishes for all and to celebrate the year of Queen High Straight and to look forward to next year, but for now… Good shopping!

The code for your 15% discount is: DecemberSale15 and the code for your free Patch and Stickers Set is: FreeSet15 and you enter them both at the checkout.

I ship worldwide

Yay!!

Happy December!!

Much love

Wendy xoxo

THE WENDY JAMES ALBUM 10

Hello Everyone! I’ve a lot of tell you! Some updates and some new news!

THE WENDY JAMES ALBUM 10

I’ve started! It took a while to get my head around going deep back into the songwriting process but… that’s what I do and that’s what I’m doing! I cannot make any predictions about the album yet… (although you know I will post whenever I’ve had a ‘Eureka’ moment!) I have some notes and I have some influences I want to look into, I also want to expand the sound again! It was so musically rewarding to have such complex backing vocals, piano and organ playing, horn section and accordion on QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT and I’ve always been a sucker for a big arrangement! Whether it’s Phil Spector or Motown or Bacharach and David or even Lou Reed… I am tempted to see if I can get some orchestral arrangement into my sound, my sound which forever will be rooted in crunchy, edgy guitar New Wave and Pop. 

To this end: I’ve launched the pre-order campaign for THE WENDY JAMES ALBUM 10! 

DELUXE 12” VINYL

DELUXE CD

STANDARD CD

OFFICIAL T-SHIRT

OFFICIAL POSTER

ORIGINAL ARTWORK PROOF 12” VINYL

ORIGINAL ARTWORK PROOF DELUXE CD

ORIGINAL ARTWORK PROOF STANDARD CD

12” VINYL TEST PRESSING

RECORDING STUDIO VISIT 

Just as we managed together with Queen High Straight, the more you pre-order the more it helps me realize the budgets necessary for recording… 

Let’s begin now! 

ALBUM 10 will be an anniversary album, a landmark album, and I am determined to make it INCREDIBLE!!

THE RACINE 2 12” PICTURE DISC

I had word last night from my manufacturing company that there are now delays on delivery of the RACINE 2 picture disc. The Pressing Plant is in the Czech Republic and they are being hit very hard by COVID with some of their workers on sick leave, plus… it’s now running into Christmas deliveries and rushed orders, so I’m afraid our lovely Picture Disc will not reach us until January 2021. I’m so sorry… Of course everyone I work with is ensuring, to the best of their abilities, to deliver the album as soon as possible! 

If you’ve not yet got a copy, pls do! I remastered for vinyl and we changed and adapted the original CD art around to suit the vinyl presentation. It’s a two sided picture disc, there are fully printed inner sleeves with lyrics and my signature liner notes! And of course a fully designed thick matte card album jacket. 

Many of you congratulated me or observed the high quality of the pressing and packaging for Queen High Straight and this release, as with all my releases, shall be no less! 

Order your copy of RACINE 2 here.

NEW MERCHANDISE

I’m in production making these two new amazing pieces!

A double faced, soft brushed, organic, heavyweight cotton, cream colored hoodie with TWFJ emblazoned hi res across the chest and a cream, double layer knit, ribbed, watch cap with the TWFJ logo on the cuff!

*visuals of hat to be updated

I’ve sourced a really high quality hoodie and watch cap (beanie). Both are going to be perfect and so, so good for the winter months, come to think of it – all year around! I love wearing a beanie watch cap in the winter, down over my ears and then you pull your hoodie up over it… very cool, very effective and very functional! 

You can order them here: 

TWFJ Hoodie Sm. M. L. XL. XXL. for the Hoodie 

TWFJ Watch Cap One Size

A perfect holiday gift! 

Order them separately or as a bundle!

The Wendy Fucking James

MORE VINYL REISSUES IN THE PLANNING WORKS

I’m looking at the art and logistics for reissuing ‘I Came Here To Blow Minds’ on vinyl and also ‘The Price Of The Ticket’. With the latter I’m researching possible format combinations that would get, for the first time, all 13 tracks onto vinyl. Obviously with the first release, because of vinyl groove limits, I released 9 songs on Vinyl, 13 on CD, so I’m thinking about ways to insert a 7” vinyl or EP into the package, containing the missing four songs from the original vinyl. An item you’ll be able to buy by itself to make up your vinyl collection or if you don’t have The Price Of The Ticket on vinyl yet, then you naturally receive all 13 songs!

Finally… the UK MARCH/APRIL WENDY JAMES BAND TOUR

This tour was originally on the books for May 1 2020 when QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT was released. I remember last January thinking “surely COVID will have passed by May!!” But not so… we rescheduled into September 2020 and that came and went (I forgot I’d booked hotel rooms in some locations and lost my money! Grrrr) and now we’re into March / April 2021. Who knows… if a vaccine becomes available and districts start to open up, we might be ok… if it’s slower then sure enough we will have a contingency to reschedule until later in the year… BUT THE SHOWS WILL GO ON!

I’ve had extra time to think things through and as you know I have listened back to my previous albums and therefore have ambitiously decided to produce a different set list each night, so I can show off the many, many songs I’ve now written and some that truly deserve fleshing out on stage with my band! 

It will be GREAT… 

Get your tickets and VIP here: https://thewendyjames.com/live

Know this: if dates change, then all tickets and vip remain valid until FINALLY we get the performance we’re wanting to give and to receive! 

So… in closing:

I miss you all! I hope you’re all ok, I hope you’re more than ok! I hope you’re fine!

Please do pre-order the next album, I know it’s a way off, but we can start to involve ourselves now and it will arrive sooner than we think! 

When you buy the hoodie and hat, send me photos of you wearing them! – I’d love to see us all decked out in TWFJ! Owning those streets!!

– And of course… continue to enjoy Queen High Straight and all my previous albums! In due course they’ll all be on this site. 

My love to you all. STAY SAFE!!! 

Talk soon

Love

Wendy xoxo

CANCEL IT… I’LL SEE HIM ON MONDAY

Well… here it is then…

The ‘video for ‘CANCEL IT… I’LL SEE HIM ON MONDAY’

(my favorite song on Queen High Straight)

If there was radio DJ justice in the world, this song would be on maximum rotation playlists in every nation! And.. we’d all be singing the damn chorus again and again and again!!!

When I wrote this song, which is track 18 of 20! (can you imagine having a eureka moment this far into the songwriting process of an album?!!) I ran outside shouting “I’ve done it! I’ve done it”  – a perfect song! 

Complemented, infinitely, by the playing of James Sclavunos on drums/percussion, Harry Bohay on bass, James Sedwards on lead and rhythm guitar, Alex Ward and Terry Edwards on horn section, Louis Vause on accordion and me on vocals, backing vocals and keys….

Expertly recording engineered along the way by Ian Dowling, Joe Sage, Al Lawson and mix engineered by Tim Morris

and now……. THE VIDEO

Filmed and Edited by David Leigh Dodd

(he also did all the photos for the album presentation by the way)

Make Up by Domitilla Coni

We shot in Fabrica di Roma on this deserted and perfect train track… we climbed into the old railway through a gap in the barbed wire fencing, despite CCTV warnings, dumped our bags of make up, lightings, tripods and so on and started in before the thunderous rainstorm hit us two hours later. 

I was sold by the station itself – that lovely Roman yellow washed stone and the overgrown train tracks, but when we discovered a discarded old train carriage a bit further down, then providence truly smiled upon us, as it always does when one embarks on an unknown adventure!

I LOVE IT!!

ENJOY!! 

– and of course, please do, without hesitation, go and buy QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT from https://thewendyjames.com/store

It’s all KILLER! No filler! 

20 TRACK DELUXE ALBUM

All albums, posters, t-shirts, artwork, lyrics, vip – https://thewendyjames.com/store (and if you want stuff you’ve bought from my webstore, personalized, just drop me a line at enquiries@thewendyjames.com

Thank you to all!

Love

Wendy xo 

NEWS LETTER 2ND OCTOBER 2020

Hi Everyone!

How are you all doing?

I figured it was high time for me to write!

ITALY AND VIDEOS

I just returned from Rome, Italy, where I met up with David Leigh Dodd, once again, this time to shoot two videos: one for ‘Cancel It… I’ll See Him On Monday’ – one of my favorites from QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT and ‘Perilous Beauty’, another of my favorites! Tracks 18 and 2 respectively.

The first video we shot was ‘Cancel It… I’ll See Him On Monday’. We traveled to a deserted railway station and tracks in a little place called Fabrica di Roma. It was an incredible location to shoot a video depicting the determination and joie de vivre of the song! Styled in a 60’s kind of happy go lucky girl way with a miniature suitcase and a sixties sailor cap, we had a ball… dancing along the old platform, the tracks, the waiting room…and finished just seconds before a massive and torrential downpour which didn’t let up for 48 hours! 

Here’s the teaser trailer for the video!

Cancel It… I’ll See Him On Monday

After a rainy Sunday in Rome, doing some wonderful tourist stuff, I rose on Monday to attend a fitting for a dress to wear the next day in the video of ‘Perilous Beauty’. A dress of bright, roman, cardinal red silk…

The location for filming Perilous Beauty was once again an hour outside Rome but in the other direction, to the great castle ‘Villa Borghese’. The Borghese family are a long, long line of Roman nobility with Popes and Cardinals numbered among them. The Castle was one of the locations for Franco Zeffirelli’s 1968 movie Romeo and Juliet and the balcony where Juliet exclaims “Romeo, Romeo where art thou Romeo” is the actual balcony of Castle Borghese. 

Juliet’s Balcony

Pope Paul V, born Camillo Borghese

Princess Borghese aka Nike Arrighi  was an actress when she was younger and as fate would have it, she is in one of my all time favorite movies called ‘LA NUIT AMERICAINE’ or in English: ‘Day for Night’ starring #JacquelineBisset and #JeanPaulLeaud, shot by #FrancoisTruffaut. The music, the soundtrack is heaven and composed by a #GeorgesDelerue. Nike plays ‘Odile the make up artist’.

La Nuit Américaine or Day For Night

The world is getting smaller, indeed it is! She is the loveliest of ladies… and here in this video is our story of the whole day and and you see Nike showing me her ancient instrument from China, she held the lights for our video and she lit candles all up the curved enormous staircase of her home,  she poured me wine and brought me crisps! She showed us the loveliest hospitality and instant friendship…

Thank you to Nike, to her daughter Flavia, to David Leigh Dodd… and Domitilla Coni who did this amazing make-up!

David and I are editing both videos now and I am so excited to share them with you when they’re done!! 

As I said: both songs are from QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT so do get your copy of the vinyl, the cds, the poster, the original artwork and the T-Shirt! https://thewendyjames.com/store 

RACINE 2 TEST PRESSINGS

As luck would have it, the factory have sent me an additional 5 test pressings for RACINE 2… they are unlike any other I’ve dealt with, the white vinyl denotes where the picture disc will be, so instead of white label on black vinyl, these test pressings are thick solid white vinyl… and they come packaged in an inner sleeve and the most amazing professional cover. A really lovely surprise for me and for you too! 

Five of you out there can now have a test pressing! An unexpected and rare treat! I sign and personalize them to you so – first come, first served. 

Buy here: https://thewendyjames.com/product/racine-2-white-label-vinyl-12-lp-test-pressing-signed-and-personalized/

RACINE 2 PICTURE DISC VINYL is officially in production now, I remastered it for vinyl and I couldn’t be more happy to have this reissue on vinyl 14 years after it originally came out on CD! Get RACINE 2 here:

THE WENDY JAMES BAND TOUR MARCH / APRIL 2021

I’m so, so excited for this tour!! 

A different set list every night! 

Long overdue for all of us. I will play you QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT and many, many, many other songs from what is now an extensive collection of songs! 

Buy your tickets now!

ALL DIRECT TICKET LINKS via: https://thewendyjames.com/live

ALL VIP PASSES: https://thewendyjames.com/store

It’s going to be amazing! 

AND… IN OTHER NEWS…

I’m just about to pull the trigger and go into production with this beauty, for winter! A double faced 100% organic brushed soft thick cotton hoodie! The Wendy Fucking James!!! Quite right too… I know I will proudly wear it all winter and there’s nothing better than  a high quality hoodie in the winter to keep your ears warm!

And….. I think I will reissue I CAME HERE TO BLOW MINDS on vinyl as well…. It’s such a great album and deserves to be in stock. You can currently get the CD in the store here but the vinyl sold out a while ago. I am thinking it through and will no doubt do something with the artwork to make clear it is a second round of production and different from the first! I like things to be special each time…

So, as winter closes in I’m going to finish editing the videos, get some production going for hoodies and vinyls and sit down and start learning all my songs again!! If I start now, I should be ready for March 2021!

Much Love, always

Wendy xoxo 

ps. Of course all the t-shirts are continuously in stock so – grab some today!! https://thewendyjames.com/store

xx

News Letter 28th August

Here it is!! 

RACINE 2 PICTURE DISC 12” VINYL LP

A LIMITED EDITION, DOUBLE SIDED PICTURE DISC VINYL WITH FULLY PRINTED MATTE INNER SLEEVE AND JACKET

Buy here: https://thewendyjames.com/product/racine-2-picture-disc-12-vinyl-lp/

I’m also making the TEST PRESSINGS available as a collector’s item. These Test Pressings are made so I can listen to the sound quality, the running order, the spacing of the songs and give my approval for the full production. They will never be re-produced and are a real collectors item.

Buy here: https://thewendyjames.com/product/racine-2-white-label-vinyl-12-lp-test-pressing-signed-and-personalized/

This is my second official solo album. (*Not including post Transvision Vamp previous release, collaboration with Elvis Costello). 

RACINE 2 was recorded in New Jersey and Brooklyn, USA and mixed in Brooklyn, USA and Tokyo, Japan. 

It has 11 original songs on it and really planted the flag for my production and sound going forward. 

Running Time – 35.01

TRACK LISTING

Side A

1. WAY – 2:48

2. I’M FREAKING OUT – 1:58

3. RACINE – 4:14

4. BOBBY’S GOING ELECTRIC – 2:58

5. YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, SISTER – 3:16

6. THERE AIN’T NO WAY – I CAN’T DO NO TWENNY IN THIS – 5:00

Running Time -19:34

Side B

7. OUI OU NON – A STRAIGHT BOOGALOO – 2:48

8. STONED, RIPPED AND TWISTED – 4:00

9. ESSEX DOG – 3:01

10. THOSE LEG MOTHERFUCKERS – 2:52

11. BITTER FUNNY – 3:26

Running Time – 15:27

MUSICIANS

Vocals – Wendy James

Guitar & Bass – Henric Strahl

Bass – James Meynell

Drums & Percussion – Ray Sullivan

Written, Produced and Mixed by Wendy James

Recording Engineers – Ted Young & Josh Copp

Mix Engineer – Glen Robinson

Recorded and Mixed at Water Music, Hoboken NJ, McKibbin Street, Brooklyn NY & Atomic Studios, Brooklyn NY

*I’m Freaking Out, Oui ou Non – A Straight Boogaloo, Essex Dog & Bitter Funny – Mixed by Kunihko Imai and Hideyuki Matsuhashi at IRc2 Studio Tokyo, Japan

All tracks mastered by Howie Weinberg at Masterdisk, NYC 

*Stoned, Ripped & Twisted re-mastered by Fred Kevorkian, NYC

Photography – James Traill

Art Direction –  Wendy James

Layout Jeremy Lawson & Angela Won-Yin Mak at A•WY•M Studio

*Mastered for Vinyl

*Limited Edition

*Pre-Order (8-10 weeks for delivery approximately)

+ Packaging and Shipping

https://thewendyjames.com/store

YAY!!!!! ❤️

News!

I am looking for RACINE 2 masters to potentially run an amount of Vinyl for RACINE 2. I listened to the album last night! Yeah… it’s great!!

I am keeping in mind what you all witnessed, if you joined Tim Burgess Listening Party: Doing a live show playing VELVETEEN top to bottom! Listening with all of you who joined was so exciting and it was a pleasure to hear Velveteen again! My band THE WENDY JAMES BAND could do this so, so well!

AND… most importantly, as crazy as it seems, I have begun to start to think about writing my next album… I can’t help the impulse in me to make music! I have started looking at my lyrics and notes and started to adapt to the reality of writing a new album!!

I am not letting go of QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT yet, as far as I’m concerned, it is to be celebrated all year long, in terms of the work I do, (I’m going to make a video for ‘Cancel It… I’ll See Him On Monday’ in September) and come next March I will be in rehearsals to tour the UK, playing it and other good hits from previous albums!

I have listened to I Came Here To Blow Minds and it’s epic too… all my albums are: The Price Of The Ticket… and when I play live I’ll be bringing out TVV hits alongside a large helping of all my solo work, including RACINE 2. Racine 1 has some amazing songs on it too… I must do something with that as well!!

Yes, a great, great Live Set is coming up, I will alternate setlists per show! My musicians are incredibly good! and I cannot wait to see you all!
So there is lots to be done!

Do get your tour tickets now, the tour will sell out! Get your tickets and support my tour and support the venues sooner than later! COVID is particularly tough on live venues and musicians for whom live gigging is their way of making a living.

ALL LIVE TICKETS via: https://thewendyjames.com/live

ALL VIP PASSES via: https://thewendyjames.com/store

So, enjoy and make the most of all the music and art available at my webstore: https://thewendyjames.com/store

I hope your summers are somehow working out, whether it’s back at work or with some time off.

My dearest love to you
Wendy xoxo

Queen High Straight

Kill Some Time Blues

T-SHIRTS GALORE!!

I’ve generated two more T-Shirts!

Prompted by questions about the original, official ‘THE PRICE OF THE TICKET’ t-shirt, which sold out a long time ago, I’ve ordered up another run but this time, up’d my game a little by making it the original color photograph from the album cover! It’s rather wonderful!

Link: https://thewendyjames.com/product/the-official-the-price-of-the-ticket-t-shirt-in-colour/

Also…

THE WENDY JAMES / TATLER MAGAZINE t-shirt!!

This is the first front cover I ever did. Photographed by legendary David Bailey and styled by an icon of the fashion world, Isabella Blow. I think it looks amazing too!

Link: https://thewendyjames.com/product/the-wendy-james-tatler-magazine-t-shirt/

Of course…

There are these beauties too…..

THE OFFICIAL QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT t-shirt

Featuring artwork from the album and photography by David Leigh Dodd

Link: https://thewendyjames.com/product/queen-high-straight-official-t-shirt/

THE WENDY JAMES ‘EVERY SONG IS DOPE’ t-shirt

Designed by Spanish artist Elena Gallen

Link: https://thewendyjames.com/product/wendy-james-every-song-is-dope-classic-t-shirt/

THE WENDY JAMES / FACE MAGAZINE t-shirt

Iconic magazine and photographed by famous and renowned Jurgen Teller

Link: https://thewendyjames.com/product/wendy-james-face-magazine-t-shirt/

and….

THE TRANSVISION VAMP/ KURT COBAIN ‘KURT SHIRT’ t-shirt

Famously worn by Kurt Cobain on multiple occasions including live performance on MTV

Link: https://thewendyjames.com/product/wendy-james-transvision-vamp-kurt-shirt-t-shirt/

All the t-shirts are produced on 100% soft cotton in a classic unisex round neck, straight cut shape and available in S. M. L. XL. XXL.

Plus at the moment, through until August 15th there is ‘SUMMER LUV-IN’ discount available for any item in the store…

After you’ve added your choice of items to the cart use the code SummerLuvIn15 at the checkout for your discounted purchase price!

So…

OTHER NEWS!

Another gig has added onto the March / April tour! To be announced…

THE WENDY JAMES BAND TOUR is getting bigger and bigger and I really think it’s going to work out to everyone’s advantage that the delay has happened…

For all direct ticket links go to https://thewendyjames.com/live and also ALL VIP passes here: https://thewendyjames.com/store

I would encourage you all to buy your tickets sooner than later and support your venue of choice and my tour!

And… I’m in the middle of designing the box set of 5 x 7” Singles from Queen High Straight AND listening through to my demos of Queen High Straight with a view to making them available as well!

For ALL items: https://thewendyjames.com/store

I’l keep it interesting for everyone!

I hope you’re all well out there, I hope your lives are continuing as best as possible, take caution with your health and those around you.

My love

Wendy xoxo

The Wendy James ©2019

The Sale

MORE NEWS!!

THE SALE

I am so happy to announce my month long SUMMER LUV-IN SALE 15% from July 15th until August 15th!

The sale applies to all items at https://thewendyjames.com/store

EVERYTHING ANYONE EVER WANTED OR NEEDED! 

QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT DELUXE DOUBLE VINYL *SIGNED

QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT DELUXE CD *SIGNED

QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT STANDARD CD *SIGNED

QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT DIGITAL DOWNLOAD

QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT OFFICIAL POSTER

QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT OFFICIAL T-SHIRT

QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT LTD ARTWORK PROOF / DELUXE CD *SIGNED & PERSONALIZED

QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT LTD ARTWORK PROOF / STANDARD CD *SIGNED & PERSONALIZED

QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT DOUBLE 12” VINYL TEST PRESSING (ONLY 3 SETS AVAILABLE) *SIGNED AND PERSONALIZED

QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT RECORDING SESSION LYRIC SHEETS *SIGNED & PERSONALIZED

QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT RECORDING SESSION MIX NOTES *SIGNED & PERSONALIZED

THE WENDY JAMES ‘EVERY SONG IS DOPE T-SHIRT

THE WENDY JAMES / FACE MAGAZINE T-SHIRT

THE WENDY JAMES / TRANSVISION VAMP ‘KURT SHIRT’ T-SHIRT 

ALL GIGS VIP PASS

THE PRICE OF THE TICKET CD

YOU’RE A DIRTBOMB, LESTER + FAREWELL TO LOVE 7” VINYL

I CAME HERE TO BLOW MINDS VINYL

I CAME HERE TO BLOW MINDS CD

After you’ve added your choice of items to the cart use the code SummerLuvIn15 at the checkout for your discounted purchase price! 

Enjoy!

Love, Wendy xo

#SummerLuvIn

THE WENDY JAMES BAND TOUR 2021!

Hi everyone! 

How are you all?! 

Here is the video for ‘KILL SOME TIME BLUES’

I’m thrilled with the video, I wanted to close out my 20 track album Queen High Straight with a ‘wall-of-sound’ 60’s girl group sounding song, a big number! The horn sections played by Terry Edwards and Alex Ward are marvelous! The guitar parts played by James Sedwards are magnificent and the drumming and percussion by James Sclavunos and bass playing by Harry Bohay, superlative! – and I must say I’m rather pleased with my singing too! 

To this end, I went on a video clip treasure hunt to find some great shots of The Supremes, The Ronettes, The Vandellas, The Shangri-Las, and I stumbled upon some fabulous old footage of 60’s girls letting loose and getting their freak on! Spliced and cross-faded into this wonderful footage is footage of me performing live at Hultsfred Festival in Sweden and a performance on a broadcast tv show called Live At The Dome. 

The video is masterfully timed out, edited and presented by David Leigh Dodd, who has been the photographer and videographer for the entire presentation of Queen High Straight. 

I think the video is an enormous success and it serves to amplify this great song! Chosen by you all to be a double-a-side single along with Marlene et Fleur! 

THE WENDY JAMES BAND TOUR 2021! 

– is rescheduled and expanded! It is now a 22 date tour (with more to announce!) and is happening in March / April 2021!

Get your tickets and VIP passes now via https://thewendyjames.com/live 

QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT IS OUT NOW! 

Here are some of the wonderful press quotes its’ garnered…. Not least of all you, who have taken it to heart and are loving it! Long may it continue!

“packed with 20 songs, remarkably filler-free, brimming with colorful vocabulary, catty character study, melodic excellence and stylistic dexterity… She means it, man, and it’s a joy throughout.” – 4/5 MOJO

“A superior collection of cosmopolitan pop music, the 20-song set is both catchy and complex.” – The Telegraph

“A Motown flecked ode” (Little Melvin) – The Times 

“A characteristically ambitious album, a double, 20 songs… a varied retro-pop clutch; James knows her way around the chords, and how to keep things moving. But the charm lies in their personality…” – Metro

“Written, produced and mixed by (ex-Transvision Vamp) Wendy James fronting a strong band and dabbling in a dizzying variety of styles.” – Classic Rock

“stylish, vintage sounds, in thrall to the Velvet Underground, Bob Dylan and 1960s pop.” – 4/5 Mail on Sunday

“Wendy gets the last laugh with an up-for-it 20-song double album of punk, rock & roll and general mayhem. Just as energetic as the Vamps, the songs are sharper than ever.” – Daily Star

“James specializing in a Stooges belligerence as she rampages across half the album as if about to wreak terrible vengeance on the speakers. There’s an insouciant poise throughout, as James ensures her devilment is backed up by strong tunes… It’s impressive, showcasing what an under-rated writer and producer James has matured into.” – Classic Pop 

“Reflective music from a real queen… an album for James fans and newcomers alike.” – Vive Le Roc

So! Onwards! Enjoy the videos and more news coming soon!

Much love

Wendy xo

Here is the video for ‘QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT’

The Tour

…. is rescheduled into April 2021!

Can you believe it? A whole year, minus one month, on from when THE WENDY JAMES BAND were originally set to gig the UK this year.

I have been waiting as long as I could, to see if it was likely that gigs would go ahead this year without detriment to peoples health. 

The practice of social distancing is kind of redundant in a gig setting… that’s the whole point, big and small venues alike, we all want to get up close and personal with the shared, communal, musical experience. 

Some of the venues I’m scheduled to perform in aren’t even considering opening until November at the earliest… and it became apparent the whole thing needed to be moved to what, we hope, will be a safer 2021. 

Back in May, when I first rescheduled to September 2020, I really did think that was enough time! How ridiculous it seems now… ‘curves’ may be ‘flattening’ but a second wave of COVID19 is anticipated for Autumn and until there is a vaccine I think we must all remain cognizant of our health and that of those around us.

For the venues, it’s a disaster… to open up with social distancing would mean financial doom for them, worse even than shuttering, so there is no doubt, in my mind, that this is the correct course to take.

UPSIDE:

I have added OXFORD 02 and PAISLEY ROCKNROLLAS into the tour AND… to be confirmed: Liverpool, Sheffield and I expect some dates in Ireland and Northern Ireland too, preceding the mainland tour. 

I’ve also been offered MEXICO and USA! Plus, I know there are a couple of big ticket announcements for 2021, where I will be a very choice opening act for a couple of bands… to be revealed!

So, once again, we make lemonade from lemons! And move forward!

Now there really is NO EXCUSE for a single person in the audience to not know QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT by then!!

All TICKET LINKS REMAIN VALID. ALL TICKETS REMAIN VALID. ALL VIP REMAIN VALID 

ALL can been accessed via https://thewendyjames.com/live

Print out your local flyer from the carousel and go spread the news!!

THE ALBUM!!!!!

QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT surges forward with universally ecstatic listeners! As always I am overjoyed by the comments you make to me on different social media sites!

Your handpicked double a-side single KILL SOME TIME BLUES + MARLENE ET FLEUR is going up to radio at the moment and I hope it finds some friends there! Don’t hesitate to tweet the shows you listen to and ask them to play it!

I have added additional links on the QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT page of my website: https://thewendyjames.com/queen-high-straight/ so for those of you who want to view the album Liner Notes and Lyrics can: 

Queen High Straight Liner Notes: https://thewendyjames.com/liner-notes/

Queen High Straight Lyrics: https://thewendyjames.com/lyrics/

If you want your favorite song’s lyrics, in the form of my recording session notes (and the mix notes), then I can personalize them to you and send them…

LYRIC SHEETS

MIX NOTES

The artwork proofs of QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT can also be yours. I have them here and I will personalize them over to you and ship them out. 

DELUXE CD ARTWORK PROOF

STANDARD CD ARTWORK PROOF

And the TEST PRESSINGS,  3 sets left… they are expensive! but they will forever be extremely rare and finite. 

TEST PRESSINGS

WENDY JAMES SOHO GARAGE ON SOHO RADIO

Last Friday, 19th June, I hosted Soho Garage on Soho Radio, standing in for James Meynell. I thoroughly loved the experience and I think it went well! 

Listen back to the mixcloud archive here: 

So, as much as I am going to snatch victory in 2021 from the jaws of COVID19 for THE WENDY JAMES BAND, I also hope that you all…….. are coping with the adjustments having to be made for the pandemic and the culture changing marches and movements across the planet that beckon in a better future for us all. 

My love and gratitude to you remains constant

Wendy xo 

Buy Queen High Straight here: https://thewendyjames.com/store

THE WENDY JAMES Newsletter No. 16

Hi Everyone!

How are you all?

Did you watch the BRUDENELL TV live broadcast? I was interviewed for an hour by Dave Simpson of The Guardian Newspaper. I enjoyed it, thoroughly and I’ve posted it to YouTube: 

I also LOVED the QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT live streaming session that preceded the interview! I couldn’t keep up with everyone’s comments, so many were there! The passion and enthusiasm you shared with me for Queen High Straight is so wonderful! Thank you so, so much!

If you haven’t got your copy of Queen High Straight then PLEASE DO.

https://thewendyjames.com/store

NEWS

RADIO

On Friday, 19th June I’ll be standing in for James Meynell on Soho Radio SOHO GARAGE between 2-4pm GMT! 

Tune in! I’m very excited and will obviously be choosing some great cuts to play! and talk about… Who knows what comes to mind! 

To listen live: https://sohoradiolondon.com

THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE POLL 

You all voted for your favorite two songs from QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT over a period of a couple of weeks to decide which songs would be the next Double A-Side Single to go to radio and the winners were KILL SOME TIME BLUES + MARLENE ET FLEUR! Very good choices.

Thank you all so much for participating and with such determination and vested interest to have your favorites be the winners! 

Here is the artwork for the single and I will let you know when we’re going to radio with it!! I hope you all have the golden touch! 

PRESS

ALL KILLER! NO FILLER! 

QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT has been getting so much good press… here are some examples: 

“packed with 20 songs, remarkably filler-free, brimming with colourful vocabulary, catty character study (a Supremes-y Little Melvin), melodic excellence and stylistic dexterity… There’s everything from Bitter Sweet MOR (Testimonial) to kitsch-pop (Ratfucking), but few nail flat-out punk rock as convincingly as does James on Perilous Beauty and The Impression of Normalcy. She means it, man, and it’s a joy throughout.” – 4/5 MOJO 

“A superior collection of cosmopolitan pop music, the 20-song set is both catchy and complex. “I spend each day in splendid isolation, the quintessential intersection of nothing,” she sings on the waltz-time wonder that is Free Man Walk. In doing so, she might just have written the anthem that best describes the lives of everyone who hears it.” – The Telegraph 

“A Motown flecked ode” (Little Melvin) – The Times

“A characteristically ambitious album, a double, 20 songs… a varied retro-pop clutch; James knows her way around the chords, and how to keep things moving. But the charm lies in their personality…” Metro

“Written, produced and mixed by (ex-Transivision Vamp) Wendy James fronting a strong band and dabbling in a dizzying variety of styles.” Classic Rock

“stylish, vintage sounds, in thrall to the Velvet Underground, Bob Dylan and 1960s pop.” – 4/5 Mail on Sunday 

“Wendy gets the last laugh with an up-for-it 20-song double album of punk, rock & roll and general mayhem. Just as energetic as the Vamps, the songs are sharper than ever.” – Daily Star 

“James specialising in a Stooges belligerence as she rampages across half the album as if about to wreak terrible vengeance on the speakers. There’s an insouciant poise throughout, as James ensures her devilment is backed up by strong tunes… It’s impressive, showcasing what an under-rated writer and producer James has matured into.” Classic Pop 

And… THE TOUR! 

My band THE WENDY JAMES BAND is still currently scheduled for our September dates and I would love to be certain they will go ahead… of course, safety for everyone is the only concern so if venues tell me that it’s not possible for September to go ahead then I will simply reschedule, once again, into the future when it’s more likely to be possible. 

All tickets are valid, all VIPS are valid and all links to both are working! 

DATES AND TICKETS: https://thewendyjames.com/live

VIP GIG PASS: https://thewendyjames.com/product/v-i-p-the-wendy-james-gig-pass/

So! ONWARDS…

Keep on playing and listening and loving QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT and make sure you’ve got the t-shirt! the poster! the personalized artwork proofs (which are massive by the way!) the test pressings, the personalized lyric sheets or mix notes! And previous albums and 7” singles are in the store too! https://thewendyjames.com/store

Much, much, much, much love!

Wendy xoxo

– And here is the QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT video again…

❤️

BRUDENELL TV!

I am so excited to announce a bona-fide ‘happening’ next Wednesday June 03!

Leeds Brudenell Social Club (iconic venue which THE WENDY JAMES BAND will be playing later in the year) are live streaming, direct to multi platforms: Facebook and YouTube among them!

BRUDENELL TV!

On Wednesday June 3rd I shall be on air, first with an interactive listening party for QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT

We will listen down to the album and I will comment on the songs, their meaning, the recording anecdotes and memories, the musicians and the adventures we had making my 20 Track Deluxe Album! You can live message any questions you may have, or observations, on QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT or any kind of question, within reason!!

In the second hour of broadcast I will be joined on split screen by renowned journalist for The Guardian, Dave Simpson and he will be conducting an hour long interview with me! About Queen High  Straight and about my life in music, from the beginning!

What a treat! What a night!

Please all mark this off in your diaries and join me for this unique event! 

UK TIME:

7.30PM – QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT LIVE STREAM

8.30PM – IN CONVERSATION WITH Dave Simpson

Broadcasting on YOUTUBE / FACEBOOK LIVE / PERISCOPE

Buy QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT here: https://thewendyjames.com/store 

BRUDENELL TV YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwiiMxhpJskI1O-7-W8vXXw

BRUDENELL SOCIAL CLUB FB: https://www.facebook.com/brudenellsocialclub/

QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT ENTERED THE UK INDEPENDENT ALBUM CHART AT NO.16!

So! Congratulations to US!

QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT ENTERED THE UK INDEPENDENT ALBUM CHART AT NO.16!

MARCH 14TH, 2020

Let’s go up this week! Let’s go TOP TEN!!

Double Vinyl, Deluxe CD, Standard CD 

BUY QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT HERE

THE WENDY JAMES DOUBLE A-SIDE SINGLE PEOPLE’S CHOICE POLL

This idea came to mind because so many of you, now owning the 20 Track Deluxe Album QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT, are posting to different social media your various favorites! 

I am going to go to radio at least 5 times with Double A-Side Singles this year and in the Autumn of 2020 I will present a box set of all the 7” Vinyl Singles from Queen High Straight.

So, for the next single I think you guys should decide which songs ‘win’ the two top spots for the next Double  A-Side Single! 

Firstly, you obviously need to be in possession of the whole album. Be it Double Vinyl, Deluxe CD, Standard CD or Digital Download and therefore you will own and be getting familiar with all 20 songs!  

BUY QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT HERE

Secondly, easy as pie…

Simply choose your two favorites!

I am going to leave the poll running for a couple of weeks through until Friday May 29th and you can monitor which songs are rising to to winning spots!

How exciting! 

The next single to go to radio will be YOUR CHOICE!

I thank you all and I am very excited to see the results! 

SO GO VOTE NOW! CLICK HERE 

And please keep buying QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT! LET’S GO TOP TEN! BUY HERE

AND NOW! THE OFFICIAL QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT T-SHIRT IS IN PRODUCTION AND IT IS GLORIOUS!!

I will be able to ship this T-Shirt in 4 days from now! 

I freaked out when I received my sample… it’s so great! 

The T-Shirt is produced in black 100% soft cotton in a classic unisex round neck, straight cut shape and available in S. M. L. XL. XXL.

BUY NOW

Thank you all so much! Your comments, love and support of my music is everything to me!!

LET’S GO TOP TEN! CLICK HERE

My love,

Wendy X

QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT is out

Friday May 1, 2020

It’s here!

Today, now… May 1, this morning! QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT is out. It’s released. It is delivered. 

– Where should I begin?

– I’ll begin with THANK YOU.

You, who have been with me throughout the making of my album, including the 1 year, 2 months you stayed connected with me while I wrote it and then proceeding through the next 2 years it took to record and complete this epic piece of work! 

Most often it’s your responses to the bits of news I share on social media that sustain and propel me forward. Not for nothing are you the very best of people! 

For some, life on social media comes naturally… for me, I tend toward a more private inclination and especially so when I’m working, I simply don’t have time, or desire, to break off and do a selfie or this and that, but I’ve adapted and now I look forward to engaging and I find the reward of interacting with you all has been so very worth it. These platforms we communicate on bring us all closer and enable us to feel like a community. 

Some of you visited the recording studio and observed the labor we all put in – me, the musicians, the engineers: the detail and precision and obsessive quest for perfection we are all driven by. At the same time, we shared so many laughs, between ourselves and with you! What joyful memories to always have. Up in Lincolnshire when the band went residential through to the various studios around London when I did my vocal sessions and the musicians came in for their overdub sessions. 

Thank you all so much for sharing some of these moments.

Thank you for the preorders you made, which have helped deliver Queen High Straight. All the records I’ve done since Racine No.1, Racine 2, I Came Here To Blow Minds, The Price Of The Ticket and now Queen High Straight have been self funded. I have to work to earn to record to work to earn to record and so on…

Philosophically and retrospectively I think this has played to my advantage because, tricky as it’s been at times, the breaks I’ve been forced to take to earn money to continue on have provided me with the artistic headspace and the clarity with which to make right decisions. I do think my music has benefited from this circumstance and none more so than Queen High Straight. 

Queen High Straight is so complex in its arrangements and musicality that to attempt to do all of this in one go would have been reckless and foolish. One would have blundered into muddled decisions and with no overview. Overview which is essential to hear the ‘finish’ in ones head, to know what it is one is attempting to achieve. 

Moments I’m most proud of?

There were quite a lot of Eureka moments when I was writing the album. Let’s be real! There were 20 Eureka moments each time a song completed. I have so many memories attached to each song, vividly recalling sitting on the bed, staring out of the window, noodling my guitar, looking at my lyrics, imagining the sentiment of where I was headed and searching out the chords to express that. Queen High Straight was the first song I wrote and it took me by surprise, I stumbled upon inversions of chords that suggested a more jazzy type of sound and immediately my mind was drawn to childhood when Bacharach and David and Sergio Mendes ‘Brazil ’66’ were in the background. Osmosis is everything! I love the content of the lyric and the way the song builds and arcs. The feeling when I’d finished writing and recording the demo for Queen High Straight was “Ok, I have begun…” Very exciting and very confident in the face of now having to commit to writing 19 more perfect songs! 

I could repeat this story out for all the songs as they completed, I remember ‘Perilous Beauty’ (it’s on Facebook and Instagram, a little video of me playing the demo in the basement of the house in the South of France where I was staying), I remember ‘Little Melvin’, dancing and jubilant and playing it back on my phone. I remember them all… I remember being thrilled by ‘I’ll Be Here When The Morning Comes’ because it evoked a favorite, funny scene in a Steve Martin movie called ‘The Jerk’ where he sings a lonesome, tender ditty with his true love in the movie, Bernadette Peters. ‘Cancel It… I’ll see him on Monday’ – when I finished this song (and I love the title by the way) I flew down the stairs and outside shouting “I’ve written a hit, I’ve written a hit” (I filmed and posted me dancing along to that demo too!). At the end of last year I played it on Soho Radio and as the sound went around the foyer of the building and into peoples ears I was in wonderment, it sounds so damn good!

The whole album is a resounding success for me. I know, for myself, I’ve reached great musical and lyrical heights with Queen High Straight and what makes it all the sweeter are the myriad memories infused in each note, each arrangement, each edit, each session with the musicians. I’m so proud of the way we, the musicians, came together and made this music. We all have that indefatigable drive to push for performances which are exquisite and we succeeded.

To those involved: 

The Musicians on this album are incredible, versatile, supremely gifted people, they also are nice! They are so nice to be around. The perfect blend of total dedication and pursuit of the ultimate performance and humble, funny, generous, caring people. I thank James Sclavunos, James Sedwards, Harry Bohay, Alex Ward, Terry Edwards and Louis Vause. Friends for life! 

The Engineers… it’s funny, whenever I go to initial meetings with engineers, I always warn them that I work long hours and I cannot let anything go or settle for anything other than that which I need or want. They always say “sure, they are used to working in intense situations of long hours of focus and sometimes obsessive demands”, but even they have lost it with me on occasion, when we get into the weeds and struggle with an edit or the workload ahead of us, but, I am happy to say we come out the other side and, to a man, they have heard the record and are proud of it. I am so grateful to Ian Dowling, Joe Sage, Pieter Riekerk, Al Lawson, Tim Morris and Fred Kevorkian. They are my conduit from imagination and vision to reality. 

The Photographer David Leigh Dodd. What a terrific story that turned out to be. Originally David was meant to come on a studio visit and he hoped to get some photos of me there, working, but the schedule never panned out, so instead, during the summer of 2019 I jumped on a plane to Rome, where he lives, and stayed for a long weekend. On the back of his moped we drove out to the area of Rome designed by Mussolini called EUR (Esposizione Universale Roma). It is deeply impressive with its enormous, conforming buildings, originally meant to celebrate Mussolini’s Fascism, very imposing, a great setting for some photos (and a tourist spot!). We got up the next day and took the metro (which broke down and we had to change to a bus, all in Italian on the outskirts of Rome!), destination Cinecittà, the iconic Italian movie studios and home to the great Frederico Fellini. We paid our money and joined the tour and while the guide was lecturing the party, we snuck off and took all the cinematic stills we could! In 100 degrees! We spotted a (typical) fountain and square in central Rome, near the hotel I was staying in, not a big important square or fountain but beautiful and a bit shabby too. We shot there and then finally wandering the backstreets of old Rome at night. What a haul of photos we got, and so much tomato, buffalo mozzarella and basil along the way! David has taken some of the finest photos of me ever taken, I give my everlasting thanks to him, and I must say I would not have looked so fine had it not been for The Make-Up Artist Domitilla Coni who made perfect cat-eyes for me and used make up which miraculously didn’t melt off in the extreme heat! So, Thank you to her too.

The Graphic Artist Stuart Preston. Poor Stuart… I worked him hard. You cannot even begin to get your head around how labor intensive the layout has been for 4 different formats of music, poster, t-shirts, tour flyers, vip pass and banners. The Deluxe CD alone comes with a 16 page booklet containing all the lyrics, technical aspects, liner notes, credits and 16 pages worth of photographic layout too! So many words for him to check, double check, line up, triple check, space out and on and on. It took us 6 months to make all this artwork. He freaked out only twice! What a star. My thanks and friendship to Stuart for ever. The presentation of this album is exceptional. It is precision engineering! He is a marvel. 

The Website Manager Pete. Peter and his team built my website and they keep it running with great efficiency. Goodness knows the coding they had to do to add all the items into the store, create the Queen High Straight page and embed carousels for showing all of the artwork.The website is completely integral for me to get my music and items to you. Thank you Pete.

And now… 

So what now? Well… please buy Queen High Straight and all it’s lovely trimmings!!

The T-Shirt is so cool, The Poster is so beautiful, The Lyric Sheets and Mix Notes are lovely things to own and I dedicate them to you, on the song/s of your choice. There are limited edition Artwork Proofs of the Deluxe CD and Standard CD, once again I personalize them to you and, for 3 lucky people – 3 sets of Double Vinyl Test Pressings. 

Enjoy the album! I love it. It’s going to take you a good while to choose your favorites. 20 songs. Which ones will be your favorites? 

I hope you find the finished album rewarding for the wait of three years. I think you will. 

The tour for Queen High Straight, originally scheduled for May, has had to be delayed, as you know, but we are on for September, by which time, I hope, you will all know the lyrics and have your favorites! On the live page of the website there are all the direct ticket links per venue and of course the associated VIP pass per gig. 

So…

It’s here. 

I have done it.

We have done it.

Stay well out there! And Enjoy QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT

With all my love

Wendy xo 

01.05. 20

TO BUY: https://thewendyjames.com/store

THE WENDY JAMES News Letter No.15

Hi Everyone 

How are you all in this strange time?

I hope safe and healthy!

Everything’s fine with me, as you know I managed to delay THE WENDY JAMES BAND May tour until September, which I hope proves to be an accurate guestimate as to when we might all be back to some kind of sociability! 

All the tickets you bought remain valid and the ticket links for purchase and the new dates are on https://thewendyjames.com/live and also the VIP passes which  are available to each of the 19 shows! 

I look forward to seeing you all in September!! 

Buy VIP pass here: https://thewendyjames.com/product/v-i-p-the-wendy-james-gig-pass/

Also, I often find myself having to watch YouTube tutorials to learn something new for instagram or whatever and so it gave me the idea to film myself giving a tutorial of how to use my website to purchase Queen High Straight (or any Wendy item in the store). It took me ages to do! And I end up talking about some of the details of the recording process too… so enjoy the tutorial!!

Meantime….

QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT is nearly released!! 

It is out on May 1 and shipping to you to arrive on May 1 (postage prevailing). 

I thought I’d preview a song from the album, which none of you have heard, to pique your interest, called LITTLE MELVIN.

It is track 5 from the 20 songs on the album and this one shows a real lean into a Motown sound and feel. I worked hard on the backing vocals and I really enjoy singing along to them as well as the lead vocal! Great musicianship, of course, by James Sclavunos on drums and percussion, Harry Bohay on bass, James Sedwards on guitar and the horn section comprised of Terry Edwards and Alex Ward. I love this song and I think you’re going to say “Wow” and play it on repeat! 

Listen on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/the-wendy-james/5-little-melvin-1

Listen on Website iPlayer: https://thewendyjames.com/queen-high-straight/

And finally!

Masses of covers Queen High Straight vinyl, deluxe cd and cd all arrived at my place a few days ago for me to sign, which took 3 days, so my signature might be a bit off!! (Ha ha) but anyway they are all signed and have been shipped back to the pressing plant to be assembled with the music and then sent out to USA and EU and UK to be distributed to you all around the world.

Yes….. it’s happening! 

Here are two funny pictures of the driver who came to pick them all up…

DOUBLE VINYL
DELUXE CD
STANDARD CD

Buy QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT here: https://thewendyjames.com/store

It is the best album of my life!

And enjoy LITTLE MELVIN alongside PERILOUS BEAUTY and CHICKEN STREET… it’s going to be good! 

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/the-wendy-james

Website iPlayer: https://thewendyjames.com/queen-high-straight/

I send my love to you all, 

Wendy xoxo

THE WENDY JAMES News Letter No.14

HELLO my dear friends and fans!

SO…….. 

THE TOUR OF MAY 2020 FOR QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT IS POSTPONED UNTIL SEPTEMBER 2020

By doing simple math, it was easy for me to see that in one months time, when I’d be due to begin rehearsals in April in LDN, was just not going to happen, nor an all-clear of COVID19 by May 5th when my tour was scheduled to begin. So making a calculation as best as possible, I have postponed all the dates until September 2020. 

All the ticket links are still valid and working! 

All the VIP are still valid and welcome!  

Upside: 

QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT will have been with you all through the summer months and I expect you to all be able to sing every lyric along with me in September! A successful record could make these gigs very electric! 

So…. 

In short… No Cancellations, but simply a delay, I’ve done what was necessary for THE WENDY. JAMES TOUR and indeed all of us. 

Please get you tickets NOW! Support the tour!  

– we shall be meeting in September!

TICKETS AND DATES: 

1. BRISTOL FLEECE – THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 3RD 

https://bit.ly/2S14Iji

2. SWANSEA CINEMA & CO – FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 4TH 

https://buff.ly/2NGe01q

3. CARDIFF CLWB IFOR BACH – SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 5TH

bit.ly/WendyJamesBand-CDF

4. BRIGHTON CONCORDE 2 – TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 8TH

https://bit.ly/36xv9C2

5. CAMBRIDGE JUNCTION – WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 9TH

https://bit.ly/2tpSXt3

6. BIRMINGHAM INSTITUTE 3 – THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 10TH

http://bit.ly/WJInstitute

7. STOKE SUGARMILL – FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 11TH

https://bit.ly/2RoOfUu

8. PORTSMOUTH WEDGEWOOD ROOMS – SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 12TH

https://tinyurl.com/wpgqqoy

9. NOTTINGHAM BODEGA – TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 15TH

http://bit.ly/2uQnMaJ

10. MANCHESTER DEAF INSTITUTE – WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 16TH

http://bit.ly/35rYHQ3

11. LEEDS BRUDENELL – THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 17TH

http://bit.ly/WJamesLds

12. BLACKPOOL WATERLOO MUSIC BAR – FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 18TH

http://skiddle.com/e/13786958

13. NEWCASTLE CLUNY – SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 19TH

https://bit.ly/2s5k8ZE

14. GUILDFORD BOILEROOM – MONDAY SEPTEMBER 21ST

https://link.dice.fm/J8AGKCcoi3

15. TUNBRIDGE WELLS FORUM – TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 22ND

https://bit.ly/39eTwoP

16. LONDON ISLINGTON 02 – WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 23RD

http://bit.ly/WJIslington

17. GLASGOW KING TUTS – SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 26TH

ktwwh.co/wendyjames

18. EDINBURGH BANNERMANS – SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 27TH

http://t-s.co/wend0

19. NORWICH ARTS CENTRE – TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 29TH

http://bit.ly/WendyJamesNAC

TOUR VIP: 

For those of you who want the VIP experience of hanging out with me at soundcheck and priority access at the shows, then please do! I sign your records or photos and we get to spend some time together and you get to see us and be with us from soundcheck onwards!

Buy VIP here: https://thewendyjames.com/product/v-i-p-the-wendy-james-gig-pass/

MY LOVE TO YOU ALL. 

STAY SAFE and the TOUR IS ON!!!!

Wendy xo

– and… you MUST PRE-ORDER!

QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT

LISTEN HERE: https://thewendyjames.com/queen-high-straight/

BUY HERE: https://thewendyjames.com/store

THE WENDY JAMES News Letter

ANNOUNCING!

PERILOUS BEAUTY / CHICKEN STREET 

Double A-Side Single

Going To Radio Now!

Streaming Only

LISTEN HERE: 

WEBSITE – https://thewendyjames.com/queen-high-straight/

SOUNDCLOUD – https://soundcloud.com/the-wendy-james/sets/wendy-james-first-single

(7” Vinyl to be made available at a later date)

Wendy James Double A-Side 7” Single

A. Perilous Beauty (4.13)
A. Chicken Street (4.08)

from 

QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT

20 Track Deluxe Album

ALBUM OUT ON MAY 1 2020

Pre-Order here: https://thewendyjames.com/store

The Tour

THE WENDY JAMES BAND MAY 2020 TOUR!

DATES ANNOUNCED AND TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

This is going to be AMAZING!

QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT Launch (and yes! Some big TVV numbers too…)

TUNBRIDGE WELLS FORUM – TUESDAY 5TH MAY
https://bit.ly/39eTwoP

SWANSEA CINEMA & CO – WEDNESDAY MAY 6TH
https://buff.ly/2NGe01q

BRISTOL FLEECE – THURSDAY MAY 7TH 
https://bit.ly/2S14Iji

NORWICH ARTS CENTRE – FRIDAY MAY 8TH 
http://bit.ly/WendyJamesNAC

STOKE ON TRENT THE SUGAR MILL – SATURDAY MAY 9TH
https://bit.ly/2RoOfUu

NOTTINGHAM RESCUE ROOMS – MONDAY MAY 11TH
http://bit.ly/2uQnMaJ

MANCHESTER DEAF INSTITUTE – TUESDAY MAY 12TH
http://bit.ly/35rYHQ3

BRIGHTON CONCORDE 2 – WEDNESDAY MAY 13TH
https://bit.ly/36xv9C2

LONDON ISLINGTON 02 – THURSDAY MAY 14TH
http://bit.ly/WJIslington

CARDIFF CLWB IFOR BACH – FRIDAY MAY 15TH
bit.ly/WendyJamesBand-CDF

PORTSMOUTH WEDGEWOOD ROOMS – SATURDAY MAY 16TH 
https://tinyurl.com/wpgqqoy

GUILDFORD BOILEROOM – SUNDAY MAY 17TH
https://link.dice.fm/J8AGKCcoi3 

LEEDS BRUDENELL SOCIAL CLUB – TUESDAY MAY 19TH
http://bit.ly/WJamesLds

NEWCASTLE CLUNY – WEDNESDAY MAY 20TH
https://bit.ly/2s5k8ZE

GLASGOW GIG TUTS – THURSDAY MAY 21ST
ktwwh.co/wendyjames

BIRMINGHAM INSTITUTE 3 – FRIDAY MAY 22ND
http://bit.ly/WJInstitute

CAMBRIDGE JUNCTION – SATURDAY MAY 23RD 
https://bit.ly/2tpSXt3

BLACKPOOL THE WATERLOO MUSIC BAR – SUNDAY MAY  24TH
http://skiddle.com/e/13735481

EDINBURGH BANNERMANS – MONDAY MAY 25TH
http://t-s.co/wend0 

FOR ALL VIP ACCESS: https://thewendyjames.com/store

TO PRE-ORDER QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT https://thewendyjames.com/store

TO BUY YOUR T-SHIRTS: https://thewendyjames.com/store

See you all soon! 
Much Love
Wendy xo

THE WENDY JAMES News Letter No.12

February 5th 2020

Happy New Year!!

How’s it going? Well, I hope!

QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT

Things are getting busier and busier as I move toward the release date of QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT on May 1st!

Firstly, let me tell you that I have approved the test pressings for QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT. I have 5 of them (10 discs, it’s a double vinyl of course) and I’ve spent the last 3 days going through all of them to be certain that all the music, the levels, the spacing, the tracking listing is correct. 

It truly sounds wonderful! I knew this anyway but seeing it revolve on a turn-table is another landmark in the progress of this record! 

Please do preorder your copies here: https://thewendyjames.com/store

If you want to own one of 5 Test Pressing packages they are an incredible artifact, a collectors item, then please do, I’ve made them available here: 

The deadline for being on the Certificate Of Contributors is looming, artwork has been sent off to the manufacturers and soon they will have to print, I’d say there are about 3 weeks left… the Certificate of Contributors comes with either the Deluxe Vinyl here: or the Deluxe CD here

Of course the lyrics/mix notes from my recording sessions are still available here.

The official Queen High Straight poster here.

The official Queen High Straight black t-shirts here.

The official Queen High Straight white t-shirts here.

– and of course the Kurt ShirtThe Face Magazine and Every Song Is Dope t-shirts are constantly available! 

– and my picture disc for The Price Of The Ticket is here.

So…. get whatever you like!!

THE WENDY JAMES BAND May 2020 QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT Album Launch TOUR! 

Yes! I have extensive dates around the UK based on the May 1 ALBUM LAUNCH tour…

Here they and with their ticket links: 

TUNBRIDGE WELLS FORUM – TUESDAY 5TH MAY
https://bit.ly/39eTwoP

SWANSEA CINEMA & CO – WEDNESDAY MAY 6TH
https://buff.ly/2NGe01q

BRISTOL FLEECE – THURSDAY MAY 7TH 
https://bit.ly/2S14Iji

NORWICH ARTS CENTRE – FRIDAY MAY 8TH 
http://bit.ly/WendyJamesNAC

STOKE ON TRENT THE SUGAR MILL – SATURDAY MAY 9TH
https://bit.ly/2RoOfUu

NOTTINGHAM RESCUE ROOMS – MONDAY MAY 11TH
http://bit.ly/2uQnMaJ

MANCHESTER DEAF INSTITUTE – TUESDAY MAY 12TH
http://bit.ly/35rYHQ3

BRIGHTON CONCORDE 2 – WEDNESDAY MAY 13TH
https://bit.ly/36xv9C2

LONDON ISLINGTON 02 – THURSDAY MAY 14TH
http://bit.ly/WJIslington

CARDIFF CLWB IFOR BACH – FRIDAY MAY 15TH
bit.ly/WendyJamesBand-CDF

PORTSMOUTH WEDGEWOOD ROOMS – SATURDAY MAY 16TH 
https://tinyurl.com/wpgqqoy

GUILDFORD BOILEROOM – SUNDAY MAY 17TH
https://link.dice.fm/J8AGKCcoi3 

LEEDS BRUDENELL SOCIAL CLUB – TUESDAY MAY 19TH
http://bit.ly/WJamesLds

NEWCASTLE CLUNY – WEDNESDAY MAY 20TH
https://bit.ly/2s5k8ZE

GLASGOW GIG TUTS – THURSDAY MAY 21ST
ktwwh.co/wendyjames

BIRMINGHAM INSTITUTE 3 – FRIDAY MAY 22ND
http://bit.ly/WJInstitute

CAMBRIDGE JUNCTION – SATURDAY MAY 23RD 
https://bit.ly/2tpSXt3

BLACKPOOL THE WATERLOO MUSIC BAR – SUNDAY MAY  24TH
http://skiddle.com/e/13735481

EDINBURGH BANNERMANS – MONDAY MAY 25TH
http://t-s.co/wend0 

VIP

If you want to come VIP with me! Then click here

This will get you into the soundcheck and to spend time with me and the band and see the show! 

THE TOUR FLYERS 

If you go to THE LIVE PAGE then you will once again see all the dates for the tour and also a carousel of all the flyers related to the gigs! Please feel free to download the one related to your location and print it out and spread them around your town, your local venues, clubs, music shops, any shops! Anywhere! It would be lovely to have some grass-roots ground operation for this tour!! 

It’s all very, very exciting! Much to be done!

But as I sit here writing to you, Queen High Straight is on in the background and I have to tell you: it’s all worth it, I have truly made a record piece of work! 

Thank you for all your loyalty, support, help…. it is everything to me!

Much Love

Wendy xxxx

MERRY CHRISTMAS! HAPPY HOLIDAYS! AND A WONDERFUL NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL!

As this year rounds out I wish the happiest of times to you all, with whomever and however you’re spending the end of 2019.

It has been a very active year, this year, for me. Completing QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT with not a single note out of place or a single thing forgotten or overlooked in the recording, mixing and mastering. I am so, so pleased with this album, in fact ‘pleased’ is a polite understatement! I am thrilled and joyous! It is the best thing I’ve done in my life and I cannot wait for you all to have it and hear it! 

I’ve set the release date for MAY 1! 

Pre-Order here

I went on tour, opening for The Psychedelic Furs in October with my official band THE WENDY JAMES BAND. This band are the best band I’ve had. I love these guys! They are so talented, so hard working, so nimble with whatever happens, they are funny and honest and humble and they make me feel so effortlessly in top form on stage! 

I have some gigs already confirmed for May to support the launch of the album and by the time May rolls around there will be plenty. I am also going to do instore signings on the days of the gigs, wherever possible, and I hope some live performances on regional and national radio too.

Keep an eye on my social media and the live page: https://thewendyjames.com/live for tickets and gig announcements and of course get your V.I.P. from my store!

For the remaining month of December there continues to be a 15% discount on everything at the web store: simply input the code seasonsgreetings15 at checkout! 

I hope you are pleased with the work I’ve done this year! The artwork is beautiful, don’t you think? And the music will thrill you in 2020. I hope you enjoyed the gigs you came to and that I see you all and more out on the road next year. 

I thank YOU for every single way you have given me care, love, support, enthusiasm and steadfast friendships and loyalty. I hope I met as many of you as wanted at the after show merch table experiences out on the road and signed as many of your items as I could and had many hugs and words with you all. 

I wish you all the best time, the best of health, the best of life and the happiest of New Years. See you in 2020!

My love

Wendy xxx 

Seasons Greetings

For the month of December take 15% off all items!

THE WENDY JAMES STORE 

thewendyjames.com/store

EVERYTHING ANYONE EVER WANTED OR NEEDED! 

**In time for Black Friday too! 

After you’ve added your choice of items to the cart use the code SeasonsGreetings15 at the checkout for your discounted purchase price! 

Much Love

Wendy xxx

THE QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT Artwork Reveal!!

So! It is done! It was nearly as much of a mammoth task doing all the artwork for Queen High Straight as it was the music!

So what have we got?

THE DELUXE GATEFOLD DOUBLE VINYL

This presentation of Queen High Straight contains two 12” vinyls, five cuts a side. It contains liner notes on the inside gatefold, written by Wendy, it contains fully printed, art designed inner sleeves sides 1/2/3/4 with all of the lyrics and all of the technical credits from the album. All the artwork of this presentation is unique to the Deluxe Gatefold Vinyl, including the record labels themselves. As substantive as the music and lyrics are on Queen High Straight are, so too is the artwork.

*The music is mastered for Vinyl

PRE-ORDER HERE

THE DELUXE GATEFOLD CD

This is the Gatefold CD presentation of Queen High Straight. It has front, back and inside art unique to the Deluxe CD package, including full liner notes written by Wendy, part of a 16 page booklet which also has design unique to the Deluxe CD package and contains all of the lyrics per each 1-20 songs and a beautifully designed CD label.

*The music is mastered for CD

PRE-ORDER HERE

THE REGULAR CD

This is the Regular CD presentation of Queen High Straight. It has front and back jacket art unique to the Regular CD package and a beautifully designed CD label.

*The music is mastered for CD

PRE-ORDER HERE

THE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD

This is the Digital Download of QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT. It contains all 20 tracks of the Deluxe Album.

*The music is mastered for Hi Res Digital Download & Streaming.

PRE-ORDER HERE

ALL FORMATS CONTAIN ALL 20 SONGS!

Album running time
One Hour, 27 Minutes

Track Listing
1. Queen High Straight (4.32)
2. Perilous Beauty (4.05)
3. Free Man Walk (3.39)
4. Stomp Down, Snuck Up (4.14)
5. Little Melvin (4.52)
6. Marlene et Fleur (3.59)
7. A Heart Breaking Liar’s Promise (5.11)
8. Here Comes The Beautiful One (3.46)
9. Chicken Street (4.13)
10. Testimonial (4.18)
11. Bar Room Brawl & Benzedrine Blues (4.07)
12. Ratfucking (2.36)
13. She Likes To Be (Underneath Somebody) (3.21)
14. Bliss Hotel (3.59)
15. Freak In (3.05)
16. The Impression Of Normalcy (3.36)
17. I’ll Be Here When The Morning Comes (4.15)
18. Cancel It… I’ll See Him On Monday (3.37)
19. Sugar Boy (3.57)
20. Kill Some Time Blues (4.18)

ALSO REVEALED…

THE CERTIFICATE OF CONTRIBUTORS

The Contributor’s Certificate is a stand alone piece of artwork designed to name every person who bought this item and contributed to the making of Queen High Straight. The album was entirely self-funded and so a certificate is a wonderful testimonial to you all. It comes within the package for the Deluxe Double Gatefold 12” Vinyl or the Deluxe Gatefold CD and is lovely memento and thing to own.

PRE-ORDER VINYL CERTIFICATE HERE

PRE-ORDER CD CERTIFICATE HERE

THE OFFICIAL QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT POSTER

This is the official companion poster for Wendy James new 20 Track Deluxe Album. It features a combination of artwork from both the Deluxe LP and the Deluxe CD. All original photography of Wendy shot in Rome in the summer of 2019. The Poster is printed on quality rich card and is A1 size. It is unique to this store and to the presentation of Queen High Straight.

PRE-ORDER HERE

THE OFFICIAL QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT T-SHIRT

These are the official companion T-Shirts for Wendy James new 20 Track Deluxe Album. It features full color art of the Queen High Straight Certificate Of Contributors. Original photography of Wendy shot in Rome in the summer of 2019. The t-shirt is produced in black or white 100% soft cotton in a classic unisex round neck, straight cut shape and available in S. M. L. XL. XXL.

PRE-ORDER BLACK T-SHIRT HERE

PRE-ORDER WHITE T-SHIRT HERE

LIMITED EDITION ARTWORK PROOF ON VINYL TEMPLATE

This is a limited edition proof of the artwork for the Deluxe Vinyl package. The art is on thick card from the production company. These proofs are made so that approval can be given to go into full production. No more than 2 or 3 will ever be made. Wendy will sign and personalize with your name. This is a lovely artwork to own, to frame, to hang on the wall. A bona-fide collectors item.

PRE-ORDER HERE

MUSICIAN CREDITS
vocals, rhythm guitar, keys, melodica
WENDY JAMES
rhythm guitar, lead guitar
JAMES SEDWARDS
bass guitar
HARRY BOHAY
drums, percussion
JAMES SCLAVUNOS
alto sax
ALEX J. WARD
trumpet, cornet, flugelhorn, tenor & baritone sax
TERRY EDWARDS
accordion
LOUIS VAUSE

ENGINEER CREDITS
recording engineers
IAN DOWLING, JOE SAGE, AL LAWSON
assistant engineer
PIETER RIEKERK
mix engineer
TIM MORRIS
mastering engineer
FRED KEVORKIAN
recorded, mixed and mastered on location in uk and ny

ARTWORK CREDITS
photography
DAVID LEIGH DODD
graphic layout
STUART PRESTON

So! isn’t it all amazing!

I am THRILLED!!!! I am SO THRILLED!!!!!!!!!

I now have the master of the record finished and will begin to plan how and when is best to release it in 2020, I will set a firm date and on that date it will ship to you all and I will build my entire 2020 calendar around promoting it, gigging it and making sure, if I possibly can, that the world knows what a GREAT ALBUM THIS IS! My best! And I know you and I love all my records, but this one’s the best! I cannot wait for you to hear it!

So! Revel in the artwork! Pre-order your choices (and/or pre-existing items) and roll on 2020!

Much Love
Wendy xoxo

– and THANK YOU!

TO SEE FULL ARTWORK, PRE-ORDER OR BUY – CLICK HERE

Hello Everyone!!

15.10.19

Hello Everyone!!

So boy, oh boy…

The last two months =

MIX COMPLETE!

TOUR COMPLETE!

For those of you who came out to the shows around UK with us, The Wendy James Band, opening for The Psychedelic Furs: Thank you SO much! We had the best time, I know for sure we played great gigs and when I met you all after the show it seemed to me that every single one of us was happy and thrilled by it all!

I absolutely love the opportunity at each show to say Hi to as many of you as possible, reacquaint with old friends/fans who are repeat attendees! It’s such a great thing we all share between us.

So…

What Next?!

I am spending this week finishing the artwork and listening on my home stereo to the mix of the record. Then I will send the files off to NYC to be mastered for manufacturing and finally: templates/art and music will go off to be pressed and printed! Yikes! It is in the pipeline! 

Tentatively working to a February 21, 2020 release and proposed new UK tour beginning on 23rd Feb, 2020. Neither of these things are written in stone but that’s my focus! 

We certainly are planning far more touring for 2020 and further afield than simply UK, with EU, USA and AUS/JP being looked into. 

As soon as the artwork is finished I will reveal, incrementally, the VINYL package, the CD packages, the Poster, the T-Shirts and the Contributors Certificate!

You will have access to buy one of the proofs of the artwork, which is a lovely thing to own and frame, and any of you wanting to be on the certificate, please do hurry because it’s going to have to end very soon so it can go off to the printers!

And FYI – I have re-stocked the KURT SHIRT, THE FACE MAG and EVERY SONG IS DOPE so if you didn’t get one on tour, then you can get one now!

And of course: Pre-Order QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT! 

My band are truly perfect! James Sclavunos on Drums, Leo Kurunis on Bass, Alex J. Ward on Rhythm Guitar and Keyboards, Rupert Greaves on Rhythm Guitar, Keyboards and Backing Vocals and Pip Stakem on Lead Guitar. They make all the songs, old and new, sound as urgent, thundering and sexy as they should and could be! 

Once again: TO YOU ALL. I am here because you want me to be and I thank you so much and I am so pleased you love my music and all it entails!

Love

Wendy xoxo

Wow!!! Me, James Sclavunos, Leo Kurunis, Pip Stakem, Alex J. Ward and Rupert Greaves – THE WENDY JAMES BAND!

Here are the remaining dates of our tour opening for The Psychedelic Furs around UK:

OCTOBER: 
7th. Leeds Stylus
8th. Glasgow Academy
9th. Newcastle Academy
11th. Nottingham Rock City
12th. London Roundhouse

TICKETS: 
https://www.aegpresents.co.uk/events/detail/the-psychedelic-furs-3

VIP: 
https://thewendyjames.com/product/v-i-p-the-wendy-james-gig-pass/

YOU MUST COME!

Here’s a rather fabulous excerpt from a review in Manchester last week…

“A mixture of jangling indiepop with crunching garage rock- time has seemingly sharpened Wendy’s claws, added venom to her bite as her band throw themselves through supercharged versions of Transvision Vamp classics as well as a selection of Wendy’s solo material, including new songs that will feature on her upcoming album ‘Queen High Straight’ including the raucous, punky “Impression Of Normalcy”.  You’re A Good Man, Sister’s glam stomp is as authentic as any from the mid-70s, the band’s throwback sound working wonders here, while Transvision classic “Baby I Don’t Care” positively bristles with power thank to huge crashing drums and fuzzy organ, still as carefree and fun as it was in 1989.

Wendy James has been able to avoid the pitfalls of the nostalgia loop, updating her original pop-punk-leaning sound to keep her material fresh, meaning that songs first heard on Pop Art and Velveteen some 30 years ago blend seamlessly into her new solo work, what was once a jangle is now a full-on six-string attack, at times only some additional distortion and feedback away from a proto-industrial grind, with Wendy’s poppy, at times almost deadpan delivery cutting above – ‘Bad Valentine’, a meditation on absent-minded romantic fumbles set to a swaying doo-wop rhythm, showcases Wendy’s individual style the best- a thin veneer of ‘little girl lost’ masking sarcastic dry wit and a rebellious streak a mile wide.”

Full text here:
https://soundsfromnowhere.com/2019/10/05/the-psychedelic-furs-the-wendy-james-band-o2-ritz-manchester-01-10-2019/

Pre-order QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT here:
https://thewendyjames.com/store

Photo by Sarah Lowe

MEAN, MOODY & MAGNIFICENT

“what is extraordinary about this album is it proceeds in many contrasting styles; hard, sexy, street smart and threatening yet romantic, whimsical, wistful and dreamy”

17.09.19

QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT IS FINISHED!

Officially I have finished mixing my record! 

What started off sitting on my bed, staring out of the window, picking up my guitar and beginning this epic journey of 20 songs is now concluded, in North West London!

It started with one year and 2 months writing time, then to Lincolnshire, UK for a residential time recording the drums, bass, scratch guitar and scratch vocals. 

DRUMS: JAMES SCLAVUNOS

BASS: HARRY BOHAY

SCRATCH GUITAR AND VOCALS: WENDY JAMES

Engineered by Ian Dowling

Then it continued with me returning to the same residential studio and spending three weeks recording my rhythm guitar and my major vocals.

Engineered by Joe Sage

Asst. Engineer Pieter Riekerk

Then came pianos and rhythm and lead guitar with myself and 

GUITARIST: JAMES SEDWARDS

– recorded in East London in the Borough of Hackney and moving studio to West London to record additional guitar, backing vocals, accordion and the horn sections. 

TRUMPETS AND SAX: TERRY EDWARDS & ALEX J. WARD

ACCORDION: LOUIS VAUSE

Engineer: Al Lawson

Then finally the mix in NW London.

Mix Engineer Tim Morris

– with the additional musical wisdom of James Sclavunos!

So, it’s a WRAP.

During which time: Pledge went bust and I launched my own online store and made it to the finishing line!

GIGS

Now I am about to start rehearsals for the upcoming gigs opening for the Psychedelic Furs and my own show in Blackburn:

DATES AS FOLLOWS:

October

1st. Manchester Ritz
3rd. Portsmouth Pyramid Centre
4th. Brighton Dome
5th. Birmingham Institute
7th. Leeds Stylus
8th. Glasgow Academy
9th. Newcastle Academy
11th. Nottingham Rock City
12th. London Roundhouse

GET YOUR PSYCHEDELIC FURS TICKETS HERE
GET YOUR V.I.P. PASSES HERE
PRE-ORDER QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT HERE

When the tour is finished I will be mastering the album and sending it off for manufacture and the ARTWORK is moving toward a finishing point all the time! The first image at the top of this news letter is pulled from a selection that will comprise the whole package.

I have to offer, so far:
Double Deluxe Gatefold Vinyl
Deluxe Gatefold CD
Regular CD
– and downloads and streaming
Official T-Shirt and Poster
Rare Artwork Proofs and Test Pressings

There’s a lot going on!

– and more to come and more to announce, certainly as artwork concludes I will share it with you!

If you want to hear reference mixes of a handful of the songs then listen at Soundcloud

– or at my website

Thank you all for HELPNG ME GET HERE! 

– for now the CERTIFICATE OF CONTRIBUTORS is available in both VINYL AND CD formats but I’ll call time on that soon so it can go to print! Do that now if you want to.

See you at the shows!

Do make sure you’re wearing one of my official t-shirts!

The KURT SHIRT here

WENDY JAMES/FACE MAGAZINE T-Shirt here

EVERY SONG IS DOPE here

WOW! 

DONE!

Thank you!

QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT
20 TRACK DELUXE LP

Photography: David Leigh Dodd
Graphic Layout: Stuart Preston

Much, much, much, much Love

Wendy xoxo

THE MIX

05.09.19

I’ve been in the studio 8 days now, 12 hour days and we just put down the first mix of TRACK 15 ‘FREAK IN’!

We’re generally managing two mixes a day with the aim of finishing all 20 songs first mixes by end of Friday night. 

Next week we will begin the first round of revisions, alterations, improvements, based on mix notes I will make over the weekend. It’s sounding GREAT!

Here is a clip straight off the console!

THE GIGS

I will be mixing through until the 17th September, then fly to Dublin, perform at Feile 2019 on Friday 20th September in Tipperary, then back to LDN to rehearse THE WENDY JAMES BAND for the opening on The Psychedelic Furs UK Tour!

So!

If you haven’t got your tickets yet for The Psychedelic Furs & The Wendy James Band then you must! 

Buy here: http://po.st/WendyJamesFurs19

VIP here

***If you want VIP for FEILE 2019 message me at enquiries@thewendyjames.com

VIP here

You absolutely need to wear one of my t-shirts to the shows! 

THE KURT SHIRT here

WENDY JAMES/FACE MAGAZINE T-Shirt here

EVERY SONG IS DOPE here

THE RECORD

Of course, more important than anything – your copy of QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT on pre-order! The record is now within a tangible finishing line!!

Preorder here: https://thewendyjames.com/store

See you out on the road! 

Much Love

Wendy xo

THE MIX OF QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT, THE ARTWORK FOR QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT, THE NEW T-SHIRTS AND THE UPCOMING TOUR!

Hi! 

How are you all doing? Well, I hope!

THE MIX

So! the time is here! I leave for London on Tuesday 27th and begin mixing QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT the very next morning on 28th. 

I have been listening to the album reference mixes, making notes and preparing myself to remember every single thing I want in each song. So many beautiful parts have been played by the musicians! James Sclavunos on Drums and Percussion, Harry Bohay on Bass, James Sedwards on Rhythm and Lead Guitar, Alex J. Ward on Alto Sax, Terry Edwards on Tenor and Baritone Sax, Flugelhorn, Cornet and Trumpet! and myself, of course, on Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Backing Vocals, Piano and Keys and a Melodica on Track 18 ‘Cancel It… I’ll See Him On Monday’.

We (myself and the mix engineer) have allowed ourselves three weeks, 21 days to mix 20 songs. This may sound like a lot, or a comfortable schedule, but it’s not! That’s a real tall order to make 20 songs perfect in 21 days, usually one does recalls a few times to tweak and make perfect, but we will have to clear more than one song a day in order to be able to fit in that tweak time too!!

This is literally the last chance for a studio visit so if you want to come then click here.

(and let me know which day suits you!) (the studio is up in N.W London, I’ll give you full address etc)

I’m running out of the mix notes and lyric sheets from the session, but there are some and I can and will personalize them over to you!

Five of the reference mixes from QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT are now in a playlist on soundcloud here. 

and on my website here: it’s going to be SO good!!


THE ARTWORK

Meantime the artwork for QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT is coming together and boy oh boy it’s a doozy! To begin with, all the new photos I took with David Leigh Dodd are incredible! After years of working with Ricardo Gomes, (who has now been taken by Madonna full time to document her every move!) I feel very lucky to have fallen into the extremely talented Mr. Dodd’s lens! Alongside the photos, the actual design of the artwork is heaven, it’s labor intensive! but very rewarding, I’m working with a graphic designer at night and around the hours of his day job as the lead graphic designer at the merchandise company who make my T-Shirts! 

I’ll be able to do a big reveal very soon! and within that reveal will be the multiple formats! The Deluxe Gatefold Vinyl Package, the Deluxe Gatefold CD Package, the Regular CD, the Contributors Certificate, the Official T-Shirt and the Official Poster! (Single 7” releases and other formats to be decided!)

PRE-ORDER your choice of format or associated official poster/t-shirt for WENDY JAMES QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT here

Here are a couple of photographs I’ve already teased on social media from the shoot! 

THE NEW T-SHIRTS!

Yes!!!! The Kurt Shirt!! OMG…. we did it! With my graphic designer we found the original art for the Transvision Vamp T-Shirt, derived of the 12” Vinyl single release of  ‘(I Just Wanna) B with U’. I put out a public appeal for everyone to send me photos of their original ‘Kurt Shirt’ t-shirt, if they still owned one, so I could make sure everything was authentic and correct, it turns out that the one Kurt Cobain wore was the American version of the tour t-shirt, because I’ve now seen different iterations from the European leg of Transvision Vamp’s 1991 world tour, I’ve seen an Australian and NZ version and I’ve seen the American and UK version. 

So! if you didn’t have one then, or if you did and it’s been lost or disintegrated since then, now you can replace it! or have one for the first time! It’s a classic T-Shirt and made all the more precious because it’s just super cool that Kurt wore it! 

THE KURT SHIRT here

and… THE FACE MAGAZINE. I found a pristine copy of The Face Magazine which had me on the cover and we went to great lengths to scan it in the highest resolution possible so we’d get a great T-Shirt out of it and so it is! Classic! Photography by Jurgen Teller and I believe the highest selling edition of the iconic Face Magazine ever.

WENDY JAMES/FACE MAGAZINE T-Shirt here

EVERY SONG IS DOPE T-Shirt here

I am definitely wearing mine on the upcoming tour opening for the Psychedelic Furs around the UK!

THE GIGS

Remember to get your tickets for The Wendy James Band opening for The Psychedelic Furs:

Tickets here: http://po.st/WendyJamesFurs19

VIP gig pass here: https://thewendyjames.com/store

I have the pleasure of announcing my own show on October 2nd in Blackburn at King Georges Hall!
Tickets here: https://www.kinggeorgeshall.com/whats-on/wendy-james/
VIP gig pass here: https://thewendyjames.com/store

October
1st. Manchester Ritz
2nd. Blackburn King George Hall *Stand alone gig
3rd. Portsmouth Pyramid Centre
4th. Brighton Dome
5th. Birmingham Institute
7th. Leeds Stylus
8th. Glasgow Academy
9th. Newcastle Academy
11th. Nottingham Rock City
12th. London Roundhouse

It’s going to be a helluva couple of months, no sleep till…… dunno.

Love

Wendy xoxoxo

NOW AVAILABLE TO BUY!

Two ICONIC T-Shirts!

1. The WENDY JAMES / FACE MAGAZINE cover. Shot by world famous photographer Jurgen Teller

2. The WENDY JAMES / TRANSVISION VAMP Original ‘Kurt Shirt’.

The Wendy James / Transvision Vamp T-Shirt famously worn by Kurt Cobain on multiple occasions including live performance on MTV.

Both Classic White T-Shirts 100% Cotton Fruit Of The Loom Unisex S. M. L. XL.

Get your T-SHIRTS NOW!!

WENDY JAMES /  THE FACE MAGAZINE

WENDY JAMES / TRANSVISION VAMP ‘THE ORIGINAL KURT SHIRT’

New Gig Added! VIP Gig Passes! Mix Studio VIP! Certificate of Contributors! Songs added to Soundcloud and more!!

Photography: David Leigh Dodd

GIGS!

As you know THE WENDY JAMES BAND is going out on the road opening for Psychedelic Furs.

Tickets here: http://po.st/WendyJamesFurs19

VIP gig pass here.

Tickets here: https://www.kinggeorgeshall.com/whats-on/wendy-james/

QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT MIX!

Before these gigs even happen I am mixing Queen High Straight! I will be mixing in North West London from August 28th until September 17th. If you want to come and hear and see the final stage of the LP in process and meet me then get the VIP STUDIO VISIT here and specify which date suits you! The album already sounds wonderful in rough mix form so this final stage is going to send it rocketing to the sonic mountain top! 

*To this end: 

Mix Notes and Lyric Sheets from the sessions are something that I’m signing over and personalizing to whomever wants this little bit of history.

*To this end: 

I have uploaded TRK 2 ‘PERILOUS BEAUTY’ (ref mix) and TRK 17 ‘I’LL BE HERE WHEN THE MORNING COMES’ (ref mix) to the iplayer here: https://thewendyjames.com/queen-high-straight/ and on soundcloud here: https://soundcloud.com/the-wendy-james

ARTWORK!

You know I was shooting the main photographs for the album art the other week and now it’s all being laid out by a graphic designer. The artwork and the album will go off to be manufactured while I’m out on the road! I will have the record mastered shortly after the mix is finished and then everything goes off (parts, as they are called) the parts all go off to different manufacturing plants. So! If you want your name on the ‘Certificate Of Contributors’ (sized for the Vinyl or the Deluxe CD) then I would have to say end of September is the deadline for that particular choice. 

I’ll do a ‘reveal’ of some of the artwork soon and of course the proofs will go on sale at the store as well here.

A handful of large proofs sent to me from the manufacturer to approve going into mass production. Much like a test pressing for vinyl! (Which are also available at the store!) here.

My main tasks for August are to make all my final mix notes, learn my set list for the gigs! and oversee the artwork… if all that happens, (and it must!) then we are full speed ahead for a complete album and delivery set for 3rd Week Feb 2020 (I hope!!!) Preorder QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT here: https://thewendyjames.com/store

And btw – My agent is booking February 2020 for a QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT UK/EU tour so… that will all be coming along soon. As soon as I know, you will know!

Much Love,

Enjoy the now 5 ref mixes I’ve posted from QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT!

Wendy xoxo 

The final mix of QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT and more…

News!

The final mix of QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT is now scheduled for AUGUST 27TH through until SEPTEMBER 17TH in North West London – if you want to come on a studio visit for this momentous last part of the recording then please do! via my web store thewendyjames.com/store and just let me know which date you think suits you and it can be arranged! 

The mix now being set I have begun the organize the design for the cover art! I have to put together a gatefold Vinyl, a gatefold CD, a regular CD, a download plus the liner notes, the inner sleeves, the booklet and of course the contributors certificate! I have a very good idea for the art and I’m talking to layout graphic designers at the moment to see who might do the job! To this end, I  did four days of shooting new photographs for the album cover and for new press shots and there are some truly amazing photographs, I cannot wait to share them with you. I added into my web store the offer to own one of the proofs the production company will send me to sign off on the finished layout for cover art: there are only ever going to be a few proofs so it’s a collectors item and I will happily sign it over to you!

Ditto – I’ve added some new I CAME HERE TO BLOW MINDS on Vinyl and CD into the store, so for those of you who didn’t ever have a copy of that, then now you can!!

I’m about to announce an additional gig I’ve booked for OCT 2 up in Blackburn UK, sandwiched in-between the Psychedelic Furs tour I’m opening for and if you want VIP for that then as always: go to thewendyjames.com/store

It’s really exciting and as each stage completes then it brings enormous satisfaction with the results and of course gratitude to everyone that partakes and helps me! Whether it’s simply the supportive messages on FB and INSTA and Twitter which you know I enjoy and answer to, through to every single purchase which literally helps pay for the album to be finished, right through to the artists, photographers and musicians who are co-working with me on this! 

Here are four short little insta story video clips!

1. I CAME HERE TO BLOW MINDS #ROMA: 

2. YOU’RE SO GREAT #ROMA: 

3. AMERICANO #ROMA: 

And FYI – I’ve overhauled the web store so now there is a credit card option, an apple pay option and still PayPal  plus we’ve input a postage algorithm which measures the weight and distance of your package and charges accordingly! 

Phew!

Ok, I literally have to write out the chord charts now for THE WENDY JAMES BAND set list for all the musicians!

To hear 3 reference mixes from QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT use the iplayer on the website:
https://thewendyjames.com/queen-high-straight/ 
or soundcloud: 
https://soundcloud.com/the-wendy-james

Much Love

Wendy xoxo

For all THE WENDY JAMES items here: thewendyjames.com/store

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THE WENDY JAMES ‘QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT’ DELUXE DOUBLE VINYL & CD NEWS!!

Yes! I have finished recording my new double album, 20 songs strong, ‘Queen High Straight’. You all know it took me a year and two months to write and now another year to record. It’s been a long process because simply so many variables have to fall into time together: the engineers schedule, the recording studio availability and schedule, the musicians schedule, in this case I have had to raise the budget myself and that is not always readily available! but I have to say, having recorded in increments: bass, drums and scratch vocals/guitar to begin with, then my real singing and my real guitar playing, then the additional rhythm guitar and piano, then the horn section, accordion and lead guitar overdubs, then the percussion and finally the backing vocals, sung by me. Because each recording session had a few weeks in-between each of them I had the very necessary time to maintain objectivity each time and thus make all the correct and clear-headed/clear-eared decisions for production ideas and requirements! My musicians are some of the very best musicians alive today! James Sclavunos on Drums and Percussion, Harry Bohay Nowell on Bass (he is now replaced by Leo Kurunis), James Sedwards on Rhythm Guitar (along side me) and on Lead Guitar, Alex J. Ward on Alto Sax, Terry Edwards on Tenor & Baritone Sax, Trumpet, Cornet and Flugelhorn and Louis Vause on Accordion. I’ve been enabled along the way by the engineering skills of Ian Dowling, Joe Sage and Al Lawson and it’s been an intense body of work to complete! But complete it is and now my attention turns to THE MIX. I am looking, once again, at engineers, schedules, studios and prices! I aim to do the final mix in July/August ending with the mastering of the record… so I am into the last two stages now! 

You may now hear a small selection of preview reference mixes on the Queen High Straight page real-player: click here:

(or alternatively at my soundcloud page: click here)

And please go ahead and pre-order your copy of  QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT from my web store www.thewendyjames.com/store click here

Thank you so much for all your love, solidarity, enthusiasm and encouragement! 

Always

Wendy James 03/06/19