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THE IMPRESSION OF NORMALCY

July 29, 2021

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

July 2, 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!!

July 2, 2021

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
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QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT DELUXE CD *SIGNED
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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 
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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 
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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 
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THE WENDY JAMES / TRANSVISION VAMP ‘KURT SHIRT’ T-SHIRT
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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
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ALL GIGS VIP PASS 
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THE PRICE OF THE TICKET CD
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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 
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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
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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
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THE WENDY JAMES ALBUM 10 ORIGINAL ARTWORK PROOF 12” VINYL
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THE WENDY JAMES ALBUM 10 ORIGINAL ARTWORK PROOF DELUXE CD
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THE WENDY JAMES ALBUM 10 ORIGINAL ARTWORK PROOF STANDARD CD
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THE WENDY JAMES ALBUM 10 12” VINYL TEST PRESSING
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THE WENDY JAMES ALBUM 10 RECORDING STUDIO VISIT
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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

May 4, 2021

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

March 22, 2021

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!

March 5, 2021

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!!!!!

January 22, 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!!

January 15, 2021

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​

January 13, 2021

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​

December 23, 2020

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

December 1, 2020

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

November 5, 2020

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

October 15, 2020

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

October 14, 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

September 2, 2020

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!

August 17, 2020

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!!

July 24, 2020

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

July 15, 2020

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!

July 15, 2020

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

June 24, 2020

…. 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

June 11, 2020

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!

June 1, 2020

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!

May 21, 2020

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

May 1, 2020

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

April 8, 2020

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