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

June 6, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Get your copy here: 

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

Tons of love

Wendy xoxo

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

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

ALBUM 10, AUCTION 3 AND MORE…

May 20, 2022

Hello Everyone!

I hope you’re all well!

ALBUM 10

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

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

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

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

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

THE WENDY JAMES TRANSVISION VAMP ARCHIVE AUCTION 3

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

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

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

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

Enjoy!!

Here’s the full list:

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

Here is the link to AUCTION 3:

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

I CAME HERE TO BLOW MINDS 12” VINYL REISSUE

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

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

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

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

And finally…….

A GIG! 

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

A busy summer! But a good one!

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

Love

Wendy xoxo

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

February 10, 2022

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

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

I hope you love it…

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

So far available are:

MUSIC FORMATS 

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

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

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

ARTWORK PROOFS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Love Wendy xoxo

… and Thank you x

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

xo

PS. I forgot to mention (!!!)

January 14, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

I CAME HERE TO BLOW MINDS

Special Edition 12” Color Splatter Vinyl 

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

I CAME HERE TO BLOW MINDS

Special Edition Full Artwork Proof

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

I CAME HERE TO BLOW MINDS

12” Vinyl Test Pressing

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

Much love

Wendy xoxo

HAPPY NEW YEAR! VINYL REISSUE NEWS!!

January 14, 2022

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

– I have vinyl reissue news!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you to all involved!

TRACK LISTING

SIDE ONE

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

Side One – Total running time: 23 minutes

SIDE TWO 

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

Side Two – Total running time: 23 minutes

Total Running Time: 46 Minutes

All songs written and produced by Wendy James

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

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

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

Queen High Straight T-Shirt in Black

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

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

Face Magazine

Small – 6 left, XXL – 4 left

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

The Impression Of Normalcy 

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

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

Every Song Is Dope  

XXL – 1 left

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

Tatler  

XXL – 2 left 

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

So, get yours now! 

Much, much LOVE!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Wendy xo

CHRISTMAS WISHES AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS UPDATE

December 20, 2021

Dear Everyone…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Code at checkout: DecemberSale15

I love you all so much! 

Thank you for a wonderful time this year

Take care of yourselves and have the best time! 

Love

Wendy xoxoxo

THE WENDY JAMES STORE CHRISTMAS SALE IS HERE AGAIN!!

December 1, 2021

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

https://thewendyjames.com/store

Here’s what you can get: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I ship worldwide!

https://thewendyjames.com/store

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

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

xoxoxo

NEW TSHIRT AND RESTOCKED MERCH

November 2, 2021

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

‘THE IMPRESSION OF NORMALCY’

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

In the shot: 

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

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

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

I LOVE IT! 

Get one now! 

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

Love
Wendy xx

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

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

I’m so excited to announce a DECEMBER 22ND LONDON SHOW!

October 13, 2021

THE WENDY JAMES BAND will be performing at the legendary 100 CLUB on Wednesday 22nd December!

Doors 8 – 12pm

On Stage 9pm

Late Bar!

TICKETS: https://bit.ly/3oTqEh0

VIP: https://thewendyjames.com/store

So many of you came to repeat shows throughout my UK tour and the gigs were incredible, so let’s have one last blow out of the year!!

Come to THE 100 CLUB for the BEST GIG IN TOWN! 

THE WENDY JAMES BAND

Love 

Wendy xo

WHAT A GREAT TOUR!

October 12, 2021

Hi Everyone!

How are you all? I hope very well!

The Tour

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

THANK YOU!

The Merchandise

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

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

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

Every Song Is Dope T-Shirt

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

S – OUT OF STOCK

M – OUT OF STOCK

L – 1

XL – OUT OF STOCK

XXL – 1

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

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

Queen High Straight T-Shirt

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

S – 4

M – 1

L – OUT OF STOCK

XL OUT OF STOCK

XXL – 4

Tatler T-Shirt

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

S – OUT OF STOCK

M – OUT OF STOCK

L – OUT OF STOCK

XL – OUT OF STOCK

XXL – 2

RACINE 2 Picture Disc – 25 

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

Queen High Straight Poster – 25

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

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

Mission Accomplished

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

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

Once again: Thank you.

There will be more news soon! 

So… take care, tons of love

Always

Wendy xo

THE IMPRESSION OF NORMALCY

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
https://thewendyjames.com/product/queen-high-straight-deluxe-double-gatefold-12-vinyl-signed/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I ship worldwide!

ENJOY YOUR SUMMER! 

ENJOY MY SUMMER SALE!

Add code: AllJuly15 at checkout!

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

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

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

Love,

Wendy xxxx

1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT’S RELEASE

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!!!!! ❤️