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!
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!
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!
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!
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!!!
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 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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
I am looking for RACINE 2 masters to potentially run an amount of Vinyl for RACINE 2. I listened to the album last night! Yeah… it’s great!!
I am keeping in mind what you all witnessed, if you joined Tim Burgess Listening Party: Doing a live show playing VELVETEEN top to bottom! Listening with all of you who joined was so exciting and it was a pleasure to hear Velveteen again! My band THE WENDY JAMES BAND could do this so, so well!
AND… most importantly, as crazy as it seems, I have begun to start to think about writing my next album… I can’t help the impulse in me to make music! I have started looking at my lyrics and notes and started to adapt to the reality of writing a new album!!
I am not letting go of QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT yet, as far as I’m concerned, it is to be celebrated all year long, in terms of the work I do, (I’m going to make a video for ‘Cancel It… I’ll See Him On Monday’ in September) and come next March I will be in rehearsals to tour the UK, playing it and other good hits from previous albums!
I have listened to I Came Here To Blow Minds and it’s epic too… all my albums are: The Price Of The Ticket… and when I play live I’ll be bringing out TVV hits alongside a large helping of all my solo work, including RACINE 2. Racine 1 has some amazing songs on it too… I must do something with that as well!!
Yes, a great, great Live Set is coming up, I will alternate setlists per show! My musicians are incredibly good! and I cannot wait to see you all! So there is lots to be done!
Do get your tour tickets now, the tour will sell out! Get your tickets and support my tour and support the venues sooner than later! COVID is particularly tough on live venues and musicians for whom live gigging is their way of making a living.
I hope your summers are somehow working out, whether it’s back at work or with some time off.
My dearest love to you Wendy xoxo
Queen High Straight
Kill Some Time Blues
July 24, 2020
I’ve generated two more T-Shirts!
Prompted by questions about the original, official ‘THE PRICE OF THE TICKET’ t-shirt, which sold out a long time ago, I’ve ordered up another run but this time, up’d my game a little by making it the original color photograph from the album cover! It’s rather wonderful!
QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT LTD ARTWORK PROOF / DELUXE CD *SIGNED & PERSONALIZED
QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT LTD ARTWORK PROOF / STANDARD CD *SIGNED & PERSONALIZED
QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT DOUBLE 12” VINYL TEST PRESSING (ONLY 3 SETS AVAILABLE) *SIGNED AND PERSONALIZED
QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT RECORDING SESSION LYRIC SHEETS *SIGNED & PERSONALIZED
QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT RECORDING SESSION MIX NOTES *SIGNED & PERSONALIZED
THE WENDY JAMES ‘EVERY SONG IS DOPE T-SHIRT
THE WENDY JAMES / FACE MAGAZINE T-SHIRT
THE WENDY JAMES / TRANSVISION VAMP ‘KURT SHIRT’ T-SHIRT
ALL GIGS VIP PASS
THE PRICE OF THE TICKET CD
YOU’RE A DIRTBOMB, LESTER + FAREWELL TO LOVE 7” VINYL
I CAME HERE TO BLOW MINDS VINYL
I CAME HERE TO BLOW MINDS CD
After you’ve added your choice of items to the cart use the code SummerLuvIn15 at the checkout for your discounted purchase price!
Love, Wendy xo
THE WENDY JAMES BAND TOUR 2021!
July 15, 2020
How are you all?!
Here is the video for ‘KILL SOME TIME BLUES’
I’m thrilled with the video, I wanted to close out my 20 track album Queen High Straight with a ‘wall-of-sound’ 60’s girl group sounding song, a big number! The horn sections played by Terry Edwards and Alex Ward are marvelous! The guitar parts played by James Sedwards are magnificent and the drumming and percussion by James Sclavunos and bass playing by Harry Bohay, superlative! – and I must say I’m rather pleased with my singing too!
To this end, I went on a video clip treasure hunt to find some great shots of The Supremes, The Ronettes, The Vandellas, The Shangri-Las, and I stumbled upon some fabulous old footage of 60’s girls letting loose and getting their freak on! Spliced and cross-faded into this wonderful footage is footage of me performing live at Hultsfred Festival in Sweden and a performance on a broadcast tv show called Live At The Dome.
The video is masterfully timed out, edited and presented by David Leigh Dodd, who has been the photographer and videographer for the entire presentation of Queen High Straight.
I think the video is an enormous success and it serves to amplify this great song! Chosen by you all to be a double-a-side single along with Marlene et Fleur!
THE WENDY JAMES BAND TOUR 2021!
– is rescheduled and expanded! It is now a 22 date tour (with more to announce!) and is happening in March / April 2021!
Here are some of the wonderful press quotes its’ garnered…. Not least of all you, who have taken it to heart and are loving it! Long may it continue!
“packed with 20 songs, remarkably filler-free, brimming with colorful vocabulary, catty character study, melodic excellence and stylistic dexterity… She means it, man, and it’s a joy throughout.” – 4/5 MOJO
“A superior collection of cosmopolitan pop music, the 20-song set is both catchy and complex.” – The Telegraph
“A Motown flecked ode” (Little Melvin) – The Times
“A characteristically ambitious album, a double, 20 songs… a varied retro-pop clutch; James knows her way around the chords, and how to keep things moving. But the charm lies in their personality…” – Metro
“Written, produced and mixed by (ex-Transvision Vamp) Wendy James fronting a strong band and dabbling in a dizzying variety of styles.” – Classic Rock
“stylish, vintage sounds, in thrall to the Velvet Underground, Bob Dylan and 1960s pop.” – 4/5 Mail on Sunday
“Wendy gets the last laugh with an up-for-it 20-song double album of punk, rock & roll and general mayhem. Just as energetic as the Vamps, the songs are sharper than ever.” – Daily Star
“James specializing in a Stooges belligerence as she rampages across half the album as if about to wreak terrible vengeance on the speakers. There’s an insouciant poise throughout, as James ensures her devilment is backed up by strong tunes… It’s impressive, showcasing what an under-rated writer and producer James has matured into.” – Classic Pop
“Reflective music from a real queen… an album for James fans and newcomers alike.” – Vive Le Roc
So! Onwards! Enjoy the videos and more news coming soon!
Here is the video for ‘QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT’
June 24, 2020
…. is rescheduled into April 2021!
Can you believe it? A whole year, minus one month, on from when THE WENDY JAMES BAND were originally set to gig the UK this year.
I have been waiting as long as I could, to see if it was likely that gigs would go ahead this year without detriment to peoples health.
The practice of social distancing is kind of redundant in a gig setting… that’s the whole point, big and small venues alike, we all want to get up close and personal with the shared, communal, musical experience.
Some of the venues I’m scheduled to perform in aren’t even considering opening until November at the earliest… and it became apparent the whole thing needed to be moved to what, we hope, will be a safer 2021.
Back in May, when I first rescheduled to September 2020, I really did think that was enough time! How ridiculous it seems now… ‘curves’ may be ‘flattening’ but a second wave of COVID19 is anticipated for Autumn and until there is a vaccine I think we must all remain cognizant of our health and that of those around us.
For the venues, it’s a disaster… to open up with social distancing would mean financial doom for them, worse even than shuttering, so there is no doubt, in my mind, that this is the correct course to take.
I have added OXFORD 02 and PAISLEY ROCKNROLLAS into the tour AND… to be confirmed: Liverpool, Sheffield and I expect some dates in Ireland and Northern Ireland too, preceding the mainland tour.
I’ve also been offered MEXICO and USA! Plus, I know there are a couple of big ticket announcements for 2021, where I will be a very choice opening act for a couple of bands… to be revealed!
So, once again, we make lemonade from lemons! And move forward!
Now there really is NO EXCUSE for a single person in the audience to not know QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT by then!!
All TICKET LINKS REMAIN VALID. ALL TICKETS REMAIN VALID. ALL VIP REMAIN VALID
Print out your local flyer from the carousel and go spread the news!!
QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT surges forward with universally ecstatic listeners! As always I am overjoyed by the comments you make to me on different social media sites!
Your handpicked double a-side single KILL SOME TIME BLUES + MARLENE ET FLEUR is going up to radio at the moment and I hope it finds some friends there! Don’t hesitate to tweet the shows you listen to and ask them to play it!
Last Friday, 19th June, I hosted Soho Garage on Soho Radio, standing in for James Meynell. I thoroughly loved the experience and I think it went well!
Listen back to the mixcloud archive here:
So, as much as I am going to snatch victory in 2021 from the jaws of COVID19 for THE WENDY JAMES BAND, I also hope that you all…….. are coping with the adjustments having to be made for the pandemic and the culture changing marches and movements across the planet that beckon in a better future for us all.
Did you watch the BRUDENELL TV live broadcast? I was interviewed for an hour by Dave Simpson of The Guardian Newspaper. I enjoyed it, thoroughly and I’ve posted it to YouTube:
I also LOVED the QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT live streaming session that preceded the interview! I couldn’t keep up with everyone’s comments, so many were there! The passion and enthusiasm you shared with me for Queen High Straight is so wonderful! Thank you so, so much!
If you haven’t got your copy of Queen High Straight then PLEASE DO.
You all voted for your favorite two songs from QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT over a period of a couple of weeks to decide which songs would be the next Double A-Side Single to go to radio and the winners were KILL SOME TIME BLUES + MARLENE ET FLEUR! Very good choices.
Thank you all so much for participating and with such determination and vested interest to have your favorites be the winners!
Here is the artwork for the single and I will let you know when we’re going to radio with it!! I hope you all have the golden touch!
ALL KILLER! NO FILLER!
QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT has been getting so much good press… here are some examples:
“packed with 20 songs, remarkably filler-free, brimming with colourful vocabulary, catty character study (a Supremes-y Little Melvin), melodic excellence and stylistic dexterity… There’s everything from Bitter Sweet MOR (Testimonial) to kitsch-pop (Ratfucking), but few nail flat-out punk rock as convincingly as does James on Perilous Beauty and The Impression of Normalcy. She means it, man, and it’s a joy throughout.” – 4/5 MOJO
“A superior collection of cosmopolitan pop music, the 20-song set is both catchy and complex. “I spend each day in splendid isolation, the quintessential intersection of nothing,” she sings on the waltz-time wonder that is Free Man Walk. In doing so, she might just have written the anthem that best describes the lives of everyone who hears it.” – The Telegraph
“A Motown flecked ode” (Little Melvin) – The Times
“A characteristically ambitious album, a double, 20 songs… a varied retro-pop clutch; James knows her way around the chords, and how to keep things moving. But the charm lies in their personality…” – Metro
“Written, produced and mixed by (ex-Transivision Vamp) Wendy James fronting a strong band and dabbling in a dizzying variety of styles.” – Classic Rock
“stylish, vintage sounds, in thrall to the Velvet Underground, Bob Dylan and 1960s pop.” – 4/5 Mail on Sunday
“Wendy gets the last laugh with an up-for-it 20-song double album of punk, rock & roll and general mayhem. Just as energetic as the Vamps, the songs are sharper than ever.” – Daily Star
“James specialising in a Stooges belligerence as she rampages across half the album as if about to wreak terrible vengeance on the speakers. There’s an insouciant poise throughout, as James ensures her devilment is backed up by strong tunes… It’s impressive, showcasing what an under-rated writer and producer James has matured into.” – Classic Pop
And… THE TOUR!
My band THE WENDY JAMES BAND is still currently scheduled for our September dates and I would love to be certain they will go ahead… of course, safety for everyone is the only concern so if venues tell me that it’s not possible for September to go ahead then I will simply reschedule, once again, into the future when it’s more likely to be possible.
All tickets are valid, all VIPS are valid and all links to both are working!
Keep on playing and listening and loving QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT and make sure you’ve got the t-shirt! the poster! the personalized artwork proofs (which are massive by the way!) the test pressings, the personalized lyric sheets or mix notes! And previous albums and 7” singles are in the store too! https://thewendyjames.com/store
Much, much, much, much love!
– And here is the QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT video again…
June 1, 2020
I am so excited to announce a bona-fide ‘happening’ next Wednesday June 03!
Leeds Brudenell Social Club (iconic venue which THE WENDY JAMES BAND will be playing later in the year) are live streaming, direct to multi platforms: Facebook and YouTube among them!
On Wednesday June 3rd I shall be on air, first with an interactive listening party for QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT
We will listen down to the album and I will comment on the songs, their meaning, the recording anecdotes and memories, the musicians and the adventures we had making my 20 Track Deluxe Album! You can live message any questions you may have, or observations, on QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT or any kind of question, within reason!!
In the second hour of broadcast I will be joined on split screen by renowned journalist for The Guardian, Dave Simpson and he will be conducting an hour long interview with me! About Queen High Straight and about my life in music, from the beginning!
What a treat! What a night!
Please all mark this off in your diaries and join me for this unique event!
7.30PM – QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT LIVE STREAM
8.30PM – IN CONVERSATION WITH Dave Simpson
Broadcasting on YOUTUBE / FACEBOOK LIVE / PERISCOPE
Today, now… May 1, this morning! QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT is out. It’s released. It is delivered.
– Where should I begin?
– I’ll begin with THANK YOU.
You, who have been with me throughout the making of my album, including the 1 year, 2 months you stayed connected with me while I wrote it and then proceeding through the next 2 years it took to record and complete this epic piece of work!
Most often it’s your responses to the bits of news I share on social media that sustain and propel me forward. Not for nothing are you the very best of people!
For some, life on social media comes naturally… for me, I tend toward a more private inclination and especially so when I’m working, I simply don’t have time, or desire, to break off and do a selfie or this and that, but I’ve adapted and now I look forward to engaging and I find the reward of interacting with you all has been so very worth it. These platforms we communicate on bring us all closer and enable us to feel like a community.
Some of you visited the recording studio and observed the labor we all put in – me, the musicians, the engineers: the detail and precision and obsessive quest for perfection we are all driven by. At the same time, we shared so many laughs, between ourselves and with you! What joyful memories to always have. Up in Lincolnshire when the band went residential through to the various studios around London when I did my vocal sessions and the musicians came in for their overdub sessions.
Thank you all so much for sharing some of these moments.
Thank you for the preorders you made, which have helped deliver Queen High Straight. All the records I’ve done since Racine No.1, Racine 2, I Came Here To Blow Minds, The Price Of The Ticket and now Queen High Straight have been self funded. I have to work to earn to record to work to earn to record and so on…
Philosophically and retrospectively I think this has played to my advantage because, tricky as it’s been at times, the breaks I’ve been forced to take to earn money to continue on have provided me with the artistic headspace and the clarity with which to make right decisions. I do think my music has benefited from this circumstance and none more so than Queen High Straight.
Queen High Straight is so complex in its arrangements and musicality that to attempt to do all of this in one go would have been reckless and foolish. One would have blundered into muddled decisions and with no overview. Overview which is essential to hear the ‘finish’ in ones head, to know what it is one is attempting to achieve.
Moments I’m most proud of?
There were quite a lot of Eureka moments when I was writing the album. Let’s be real! There were 20 Eureka moments each time a song completed. I have so many memories attached to each song, vividly recalling sitting on the bed, staring out of the window, noodling my guitar, looking at my lyrics, imagining the sentiment of where I was headed and searching out the chords to express that. Queen High Straight was the first song I wrote and it took me by surprise, I stumbled upon inversions of chords that suggested a more jazzy type of sound and immediately my mind was drawn to childhood when Bacharach and David and Sergio Mendes ‘Brazil ’66’ were in the background. Osmosis is everything! I love the content of the lyric and the way the song builds and arcs. The feeling when I’d finished writing and recording the demo for Queen High Straight was “Ok, I have begun…” Very exciting and very confident in the face of now having to commit to writing 19 more perfect songs!
I could repeat this story out for all the songs as they completed, I remember ‘Perilous Beauty’ (it’s on Facebook and Instagram, a little video of me playing the demo in the basement of the house in the South of France where I was staying), I remember ‘Little Melvin’, dancing and jubilant and playing it back on my phone. I remember them all… I remember being thrilled by ‘I’ll Be Here When The Morning Comes’ because it evoked a favorite, funny scene in a Steve Martin movie called ‘The Jerk’ where he sings a lonesome, tender ditty with his true love in the movie, Bernadette Peters. ‘Cancel It… I’ll see him on Monday’ – when I finished this song (and I love the title by the way) I flew down the stairs and outside shouting “I’ve written a hit, I’ve written a hit” (I filmed and posted me dancing along to that demo too!). At the end of last year I played it on Soho Radio and as the sound went around the foyer of the building and into peoples ears I was in wonderment, it sounds so damn good!
The whole album is a resounding success for me. I know, for myself, I’ve reached great musical and lyrical heights with Queen High Straight and what makes it all the sweeter are the myriad memories infused in each note, each arrangement, each edit, each session with the musicians. I’m so proud of the way we, the musicians, came together and made this music. We all have that indefatigable drive to push for performances which are exquisite and we succeeded.
To those involved:
The Musicians on this album are incredible, versatile, supremely gifted people, they also are nice! They are so nice to be around. The perfect blend of total dedication and pursuit of the ultimate performance and humble, funny, generous, caring people. I thank James Sclavunos, James Sedwards, Harry Bohay, Alex Ward, Terry Edwards and Louis Vause. Friends for life!
The Engineers… it’s funny, whenever I go to initial meetings with engineers, I always warn them that I work long hours and I cannot let anything go or settle for anything other than that which I need or want. They always say “sure, they are used to working in intense situations of long hours of focus and sometimes obsessive demands”, but even they have lost it with me on occasion, when we get into the weeds and struggle with an edit or the workload ahead of us, but, I am happy to say we come out the other side and, to a man, they have heard the record and are proud of it. I am so grateful to Ian Dowling, Joe Sage, Pieter Riekerk, Al Lawson, Tim Morris and Fred Kevorkian. They are my conduit from imagination and vision to reality.
The Photographer David Leigh Dodd. What a terrific story that turned out to be. Originally David was meant to come on a studio visit and he hoped to get some photos of me there, working, but the schedule never panned out, so instead, during the summer of 2019 I jumped on a plane to Rome, where he lives, and stayed for a long weekend. On the back of his moped we drove out to the area of Rome designed by Mussolini called EUR (Esposizione Universale Roma). It is deeply impressive with its enormous, conforming buildings, originally meant to celebrate Mussolini’s Fascism, very imposing, a great setting for some photos (and a tourist spot!). We got up the next day and took the metro (which broke down and we had to change to a bus, all in Italian on the outskirts of Rome!), destination Cinecittà, the iconic Italian movie studios and home to the great Frederico Fellini. We paid our money and joined the tour and while the guide was lecturing the party, we snuck off and took all the cinematic stills we could! In 100 degrees! We spotted a (typical) fountain and square in central Rome, near the hotel I was staying in, not a big important square or fountain but beautiful and a bit shabby too. We shot there and then finally wandering the backstreets of old Rome at night. What a haul of photos we got, and so much tomato, buffalo mozzarella and basil along the way! David has taken some of the finest photos of me ever taken, I give my everlasting thanks to him, and I must say I would not have looked so fine had it not been for The Make-Up Artist Domitilla Coni who made perfect cat-eyes for me and used make up which miraculously didn’t melt off in the extreme heat! So, Thank you to her too.
The Graphic Artist Stuart Preston. Poor Stuart… I worked him hard. You cannot even begin to get your head around how labor intensive the layout has been for 4 different formats of music, poster, t-shirts, tour flyers, vip pass and banners. The Deluxe CD alone comes with a 16 page booklet containing all the lyrics, technical aspects, liner notes, credits and 16 pages worth of photographic layout too! So many words for him to check, double check, line up, triple check, space out and on and on. It took us 6 months to make all this artwork. He freaked out only twice! What a star. My thanks and friendship to Stuart for ever. The presentation of this album is exceptional. It is precision engineering! He is a marvel.
The Website Manager Pete. Peter and his team built my website and they keep it running with great efficiency. Goodness knows the coding they had to do to add all the items into the store, create the Queen High Straight page and embed carousels for showing all of the artwork.The website is completely integral for me to get my music and items to you. Thank you Pete.
So what now? Well… please buy Queen High Straight and all it’s lovely trimmings!!
The T-Shirt is so cool, The Poster is so beautiful, The Lyric Sheets and Mix Notes are lovely things to own and I dedicate them to you, on the song/s of your choice. There are limited edition Artwork Proofs of the Deluxe CD and Standard CD, once again I personalize them to you and, for 3 lucky people – 3 sets of Double Vinyl Test Pressings.
Enjoy the album! I love it. It’s going to take you a good while to choose your favorites. 20 songs. Which ones will be your favorites?
I hope you find the finished album rewarding for the wait of three years. I think you will.
The tour for Queen High Straight, originally scheduled for May, has had to be delayed, as you know, but we are on for September, by which time, I hope, you will all know the lyrics and have your favorites! On the live page of the website there are all the direct ticket links per venue and of course the associated VIP pass per gig.
I have done it.
We have done it.
Stay well out there! And Enjoy QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT
With all my love
TO BUY: https://thewendyjames.com/store
THE WENDY JAMES News Letter No.15
April 8, 2020
How are you all in this strange time?
I hope safe and healthy!
Everything’s fine with me, as you know I managed to delay THE WENDY JAMES BAND May tour until September, which I hope proves to be an accurate guestimate as to when we might all be back to some kind of sociability!
All the tickets you bought remain valid and the ticket links for purchase and the new dates are on https://thewendyjames.com/live and also the VIP passes which are available to each of the 19 shows!
Also, I often find myself having to watch YouTube tutorials to learn something new for instagram or whatever and so it gave me the idea to film myself giving a tutorial of how to use my website to purchase Queen High Straight (or any Wendy item in the store). It took me ages to do! And I end up talking about some of the details of the recording process too… so enjoy the tutorial!!
QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT is nearly released!!
It is out on May 1 and shipping to you to arrive on May 1 (postage prevailing).
I thought I’d preview a song from the album, which none of you have heard, to pique your interest, called LITTLE MELVIN.
It is track 5 from the 20 songs on the album and this one shows a real lean into a Motown sound and feel. I worked hard on the backing vocals and I really enjoy singing along to them as well as the lead vocal! Great musicianship, of course, by James Sclavunos on drums and percussion, Harry Bohay on bass, James Sedwards on guitar and the horn section comprised of Terry Edwards and Alex Ward. I love this song and I think you’re going to say “Wow” and play it on repeat!
Masses of covers Queen High Straight vinyl, deluxe cd and cd all arrived at my place a few days ago for me to sign, which took 3 days, so my signature might be a bit off!! (Ha ha) but anyway they are all signed and have been shipped back to the pressing plant to be assembled with the music and then sent out to USA and EU and UK to be distributed to you all around the world.
Yes….. it’s happening!
Here are two funny pictures of the driver who came to pick them all up…
THE TOUR OF MAY 2020 FOR QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT IS POSTPONED UNTIL SEPTEMBER 2020
By doing simple math, it was easy for me to see that in one months time, when I’d be due to begin rehearsals in April in LDN, was just not going to happen, nor an all-clear of COVID19 by May 5th when my tour was scheduled to begin. So making a calculation as best as possible, I have postponed all the dates until September 2020.
All the ticket links are still valid and working!
All the VIP are still valid and welcome!
QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT will have been with you all through the summer months and I expect you to all be able to sing every lyric along with me in September! A successful record could make these gigs very electric!
In short… No Cancellations, but simply a delay, I’ve done what was necessary for THE WENDY. JAMES TOUR and indeed all of us.
For those of you who want the VIP experience of hanging out with me at soundcheck and priority access at the shows, then please do! I sign your records or photos and we get to spend some time together and you get to see us and be with us from soundcheck onwards!
Things are getting busier and busier as I move toward the release date of QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT on May 1st!
Firstly, let me tell you that I have approved the test pressings for QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT. I have 5 of them (10 discs, it’s a double vinyl of course) and I’ve spent the last 3 days going through all of them to be certain that all the music, the levels, the spacing, the tracking listing is correct.
It truly sounds wonderful! I knew this anyway but seeing it revolve on a turn-table is another landmark in the progress of this record!
If you want to own one of 5 Test Pressing packages they are an incredible artifact, a collectors item, then please do, I’ve made them available here:
The deadline for being on the Certificate Of Contributors is looming, artwork has been sent off to the manufacturers and soon they will have to print, I’d say there are about 3 weeks left… the Certificate of Contributors comes with either the Deluxe Vinyl here: or the Deluxe CD here:
This will get you into the soundcheck and to spend time with me and the band and see the show!
THE TOUR FLYERS
If you go to THE LIVE PAGE then you will once again see all the dates for the tour and also a carousel of all the flyers related to the gigs! Please feel free to download the one related to your location and print it out and spread them around your town, your local venues, clubs, music shops, any shops! Anywhere! It would be lovely to have some grass-roots ground operation for this tour!!
It’s all very, very exciting! Much to be done!
But as I sit here writing to you, Queen High Straight is on in the background and I have to tell you: it’s all worth it, I have truly made a record piece of work!
Thank you for all your loyalty, support, help…. it is everything to me!
MERRY CHRISTMAS! HAPPY HOLIDAYS! AND A WONDERFUL NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL!
December 20, 2019
As this year rounds out I wish the happiest of times to you all, with whomever and however you’re spending the end of 2019.
It has been a very active year, this year, for me. Completing QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT with not a single note out of place or a single thing forgotten or overlooked in the recording, mixing and mastering. I am so, so pleased with this album, in fact ‘pleased’ is a polite understatement! I am thrilled and joyous! It is the best thing I’ve done in my life and I cannot wait for you all to have it and hear it!
I went on tour, opening for The Psychedelic Furs in October with my official band THE WENDY JAMES BAND. This band are the best band I’ve had. I love these guys! They are so talented, so hard working, so nimble with whatever happens, they are funny and honest and humble and they make me feel so effortlessly in top form on stage!
I have some gigs already confirmed for May to support the launch of the album and by the time May rolls around there will be plenty. I am also going to do instore signings on the days of the gigs, wherever possible, and I hope some live performances on regional and national radio too.
For the remaining month of December there continues to be a 15% discount on everything at the web store: simply input the code seasonsgreetings15 at checkout!
I hope you are pleased with the work I’ve done this year! The artwork is beautiful, don’t you think? And the music will thrill you in 2020. I hope you enjoyed the gigs you came to and that I see you all and more out on the road next year.
I thank YOU for every single way you have given me care, love, support, enthusiasm and steadfast friendships and loyalty. I hope I met as many of you as wanted at the after show merch table experiences out on the road and signed as many of your items as I could and had many hugs and words with you all.
I wish you all the best time, the best of health, the best of life and the happiest of New Years. See you in 2020!
After you’ve added your choice of items to the cart use the code SeasonsGreetings15 at the checkout for your discounted purchase price!
THE QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT Artwork Reveal!!
November 28, 2019
So! It is done! It was nearly as much of a mammoth task doing all the artwork for Queen High Straight as it was the music!
So what have we got?
THE DELUXE GATEFOLD DOUBLE VINYL
This presentation of Queen High Straight contains two 12” vinyls, five cuts a side. It contains liner notes on the inside gatefold, written by Wendy, it contains fully printed, art designed inner sleeves sides 1/2/3/4 with all of the lyrics and all of the technical credits from the album. All the artwork of this presentation is unique to the Deluxe Gatefold Vinyl, including the record labels themselves. As substantive as the music and lyrics are on Queen High Straight are, so too is the artwork.
This is the Gatefold CD presentation of Queen High Straight. It has front, back and inside art unique to the Deluxe CD package, including full liner notes written by Wendy, part of a 16 page booklet which also has design unique to the Deluxe CD package and contains all of the lyrics per each 1-20 songs and a beautifully designed CD label.
1. Queen High Straight (4.32)
2. Perilous Beauty (4.05)
3. Free Man Walk (3.39)
4. Stomp Down, Snuck Up (4.14)
5. Little Melvin (4.52)
6. Marlene et Fleur (3.59)
7. A Heart Breaking Liar’s Promise (5.11)
8. Here Comes The Beautiful One (3.46)
9. Chicken Street (4.13)
10. Testimonial (4.18)
11. Bar Room Brawl & Benzedrine Blues (4.07)
12. Ratfucking (2.36)
13. She Likes To Be (Underneath Somebody) (3.21)
14. Bliss Hotel (3.59)
15. Freak In (3.05)
16. The Impression Of Normalcy (3.36)
17. I’ll Be Here When The Morning Comes (4.15)
18. Cancel It… I’ll See Him On Monday (3.37)
19. Sugar Boy (3.57)
20. Kill Some Time Blues (4.18)
THE CERTIFICATE OF CONTRIBUTORS
The Contributor’s Certificate is a stand alone piece of artwork designed to name every person who bought this item and contributed to the making of Queen High Straight. The album was entirely self-funded and so a certificate is a wonderful testimonial to you all. It comes within the package for the Deluxe Double Gatefold 12” Vinyl or the Deluxe Gatefold CD and is lovely memento and thing to own.
This is the official companion poster for Wendy James new 20 Track Deluxe Album. It features a combination of artwork from both the Deluxe LP and the Deluxe CD. All original photography of Wendy shot in Rome in the summer of 2019. The Poster is printed on quality rich card and is A1 size. It is unique to this store and to the presentation of Queen High Straight.
These are the official companion T-Shirts for Wendy James new 20 Track Deluxe Album. It features full color art of the Queen High Straight Certificate Of Contributors. Original photography of Wendy shot in Rome in the summer of 2019. The t-shirt is produced in black or white 100% soft cotton in a classic unisex round neck, straight cut shape and available in S. M. L. XL. XXL.
This is a limited edition proof of the artwork for the Deluxe Vinyl package. The art is on thick card from the production company. These proofs are made so that approval can be given to go into full production. No more than 2 or 3 will ever be made. Wendy will sign and personalize with your name. This is a lovely artwork to own, to frame, to hang on the wall. A bona-fide collectors item.
vocals, rhythm guitar, keys, melodica
rhythm guitar, lead guitar
ALEX J. WARD
trumpet, cornet, flugelhorn, tenor & baritone sax
IAN DOWLING, JOE SAGE, AL LAWSON
recorded, mixed and mastered on location in uk and ny
DAVID LEIGH DODD
So! isn’t it all amazing!
I am THRILLED!!!! I am SO THRILLED!!!!!!!!!
I now have the master of the record finished and will begin to plan how and when is best to release it in 2020, I will set a firm date and on that date it will ship to you all and I will build my entire 2020 calendar around promoting it, gigging it and making sure, if I possibly can, that the world knows what a GREAT ALBUM THIS IS! My best! And I know you and I love all my records, but this one’s the best! I cannot wait for you to hear it!
So! Revel in the artwork! Pre-order your choices (and/or pre-existing items) and roll on 2020!
For those of you who came out to the shows around UK with us, The Wendy James Band, opening for The Psychedelic Furs: Thank you SO much! We had the best time, I know for sure we played great gigs and when I met you all after the show it seemed to me that every single one of us was happy and thrilled by it all!
I absolutely love the opportunity at each show to say Hi to as many of you as possible, reacquaint with old friends/fans who are repeat attendees! It’s such a great thing we all share between us.
I am spending this week finishing the artwork and listening on my home stereo to the mix of the record. Then I will send the files off to NYC to be mastered for manufacturing and finally: templates/art and music will go off to be pressed and printed! Yikes! It is in the pipeline!
Tentatively working to a February 21, 2020 release and proposed new UK tour beginning on 23rd Feb, 2020. Neither of these things are written in stone but that’s my focus!
We certainly are planning far more touring for 2020 and further afield than simply UK, with EU, USA and AUS/JP being looked into.
As soon as the artwork is finished I will reveal, incrementally, the VINYL package, the CD packages, the Poster, the T-Shirts and the Contributors Certificate!
You will have access to buy one of the proofs of the artwork, which is a lovely thing to own and frame, and any of you wanting to be on the certificate, please do hurry because it’s going to have to end very soon so it can go off to the printers!
And FYI – I have re-stocked the KURT SHIRT, THE FACE MAG and EVERY SONG IS DOPE so if you didn’t get one on tour, then you can get one now!
And of course: Pre-Order QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT!
My band are truly perfect! James Sclavunos on Drums, Leo Kurunis on Bass, Alex J. Ward on Rhythm Guitar and Keyboards, Rupert Greaves on Rhythm Guitar, Keyboards and Backing Vocals and Pip Stakem on Lead Guitar. They make all the songs, old and new, sound as urgent, thundering and sexy as they should and could be!
Once again: TO YOU ALL. I am here because you want me to be and I thank you so much and I am so pleased you love my music and all it entails!
Wow!!! Me, James Sclavunos, Leo Kurunis, Pip Stakem, Alex J. Ward and Rupert Greaves – THE WENDY JAMES BAND!
October 7, 2019
Here are the remaining dates of our tour opening for The Psychedelic Furs around UK:
OCTOBER: 7th. Leeds Stylus 8th. Glasgow Academy 9th. Newcastle Academy 11th. Nottingham Rock City 12th. London Roundhouse
Here’s a rather fabulous excerpt from a review in Manchester last week…
“A mixture of jangling indiepop with crunching garage rock- time has seemingly sharpened Wendy’s claws, added venom to her bite as her band throw themselves through supercharged versions of Transvision Vamp classics as well as a selection of Wendy’s solo material, including new songs that will feature on her upcoming album ‘Queen High Straight’ including the raucous, punky “Impression Of Normalcy”. You’re A Good Man, Sister’s glam stomp is as authentic as any from the mid-70s, the band’s throwback sound working wonders here, while Transvision classic “Baby I Don’t Care” positively bristles with power thank to huge crashing drums and fuzzy organ, still as carefree and fun as it was in 1989.
Wendy James has been able to avoid the pitfalls of the nostalgia loop, updating her original pop-punk-leaning sound to keep her material fresh, meaning that songs first heard on Pop Art and Velveteen some 30 years ago blend seamlessly into her new solo work, what was once a jangle is now a full-on six-string attack, at times only some additional distortion and feedback away from a proto-industrial grind, with Wendy’s poppy, at times almost deadpan delivery cutting above – ‘Bad Valentine’, a meditation on absent-minded romantic fumbles set to a swaying doo-wop rhythm, showcases Wendy’s individual style the best- a thin veneer of ‘little girl lost’ masking sarcastic dry wit and a rebellious streak a mile wide.”
“what is extraordinary about this album is it proceeds in many contrasting styles; hard, sexy, street smart and threatening yet romantic, whimsical, wistful and dreamy”
QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT IS FINISHED!
Officially I have finished mixing my record!
What started off sitting on my bed, staring out of the window, picking up my guitar and beginning this epic journey of 20 songs is now concluded, in North West London!
It started with one year and 2 months writing time, then to Lincolnshire, UK for a residential time recording the drums, bass, scratch guitar and scratch vocals.
DRUMS: JAMES SCLAVUNOS
BASS: HARRY BOHAY
SCRATCH GUITAR AND VOCALS: WENDY JAMES
Engineered by Ian Dowling
Then it continued with me returning to the same residential studio and spending three weeks recording my rhythm guitar and my major vocals.
Engineered by Joe Sage
Asst. Engineer Pieter Riekerk
Then came pianos and rhythm and lead guitar with myself and
GUITARIST: JAMES SEDWARDS
– recorded in East London in the Borough of Hackney and moving studio to West London to record additional guitar, backing vocals, accordion and the horn sections.
TRUMPETS AND SAX: TERRY EDWARDS & ALEX J. WARD
ACCORDION: LOUIS VAUSE
Engineer: Al Lawson
Then finally the mix in NW London.
Mix Engineer Tim Morris
– with the additional musical wisdom of James Sclavunos!
So, it’s a WRAP.
During which time: Pledge went bust and I launched my own online store and made it to the finishing line!
Now I am about to start rehearsals for the upcoming gigs opening for the Psychedelic Furs and my own show in Blackburn:
DATES AS FOLLOWS:
1st. Manchester Ritz 3rd. Portsmouth Pyramid Centre 4th. Brighton Dome 5th. Birmingham Institute 7th. Leeds Stylus 8th. Glasgow Academy 9th. Newcastle Academy 11th. Nottingham Rock City 12th. London Roundhouse
GET YOUR PSYCHEDELIC FURS TICKETS HERE GET YOUR V.I.P. PASSES HERE PRE-ORDER QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT HERE
When the tour is finished I will be mastering the album and sending it off for manufacture and the ARTWORK is moving toward a finishing point all the time! The first image at the top of this news letter is pulled from a selection that will comprise the whole package.
Photography: David Leigh Dodd Graphic Layout: Stuart Preston
Much, much, much, much Love
September 5, 2019
I’ve been in the studio 8 days now, 12 hour days and we just put down the first mix of TRACK 15 ‘FREAK IN’!
We’re generally managing two mixes a day with the aim of finishing all 20 songs first mixes by end of Friday night.
Next week we will begin the first round of revisions, alterations, improvements, based on mix notes I will make over the weekend. It’s sounding GREAT!
Here is a clip straight off the console!
I will be mixing through until the 17th September, then fly to Dublin, perform at Feile 2019 on Friday 20th September in Tipperary, then back to LDN to rehearse THE WENDY JAMES BAND for the opening on The Psychedelic Furs UK Tour!
If you haven’t got your tickets yet for The Psychedelic Furs & The Wendy James Band then you must!
THE MIX OF QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT, THE ARTWORK FOR QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT, THE NEW T-SHIRTS AND THE UPCOMING TOUR!
August 19, 2019
How are you all doing? Well, I hope!
So! the time is here! I leave for London on Tuesday 27th and begin mixing QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT the very next morning on 28th.
I have been listening to the album reference mixes, making notes and preparing myself to remember every single thing I want in each song. So many beautiful parts have been played by the musicians! James Sclavunos on Drums and Percussion, Harry Bohay on Bass, James Sedwards on Rhythm and Lead Guitar, Alex J. Ward on Alto Sax, Terry Edwards on Tenor and Baritone Sax, Flugelhorn, Cornet and Trumpet! and myself, of course, on Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Backing Vocals, Piano and Keys and a Melodica on Track 18 ‘Cancel It… I’ll See Him On Monday’.
We (myself and the mix engineer) have allowed ourselves three weeks, 21 days to mix 20 songs. This may sound like a lot, or a comfortable schedule, but it’s not! That’s a real tall order to make 20 songs perfect in 21 days, usually one does recalls a few times to tweak and make perfect, but we will have to clear more than one song a day in order to be able to fit in that tweak time too!!
This is literally the last chance for a studio visit so if you want to come then click here.
(and let me know which day suits you!) (the studio is up in N.W London, I’ll give you full address etc)
I’m running out of the mix notes and lyric sheets from the session, but there are some and I can and will personalize them over to you!
Five of the reference mixes from QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT are now in a playlist on soundcloud here.
Meantime the artwork for QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT is coming together and boy oh boy it’s a doozy! To begin with, all the new photos I took with David Leigh Dodd are incredible! After years of working with Ricardo Gomes, (who has now been taken by Madonna full time to document her every move!) I feel very lucky to have fallen into the extremely talented Mr. Dodd’s lens! Alongside the photos, the actual design of the artwork is heaven, it’s labor intensive! but very rewarding, I’m working with a graphic designer at night and around the hours of his day job as the lead graphic designer at the merchandise company who make my T-Shirts!
I’ll be able to do a big reveal very soon! and within that reveal will be the multiple formats! The Deluxe Gatefold Vinyl Package, the Deluxe Gatefold CD Package, the Regular CD, the Contributors Certificate, the Official T-Shirt and the Official Poster! (Single 7” releases and other formats to be decided!)
PRE-ORDER your choice of format or associated official poster/t-shirt for WENDY JAMES QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT here
Here are a couple of photographs I’ve already teased on social media from the shoot!
THE NEW T-SHIRTS!
Yes!!!! The Kurt Shirt!! OMG…. we did it! With my graphic designer we found the original art for the Transvision Vamp T-Shirt, derived of the 12” Vinyl single release of ‘(I Just Wanna) B with U’. I put out a public appeal for everyone to send me photos of their original ‘Kurt Shirt’ t-shirt, if they still owned one, so I could make sure everything was authentic and correct, it turns out that the one Kurt Cobain wore was the American version of the tour t-shirt, because I’ve now seen different iterations from the European leg of Transvision Vamp’s 1991 world tour, I’ve seen an Australian and NZ version and I’ve seen the American and UK version.
So! if you didn’t have one then, or if you did and it’s been lost or disintegrated since then, now you can replace it! or have one for the first time! It’s a classic T-Shirt and made all the more precious because it’s just super cool that Kurt wore it!
and… THE FACE MAGAZINE. I found a pristine copy of The Face Magazine which had me on the cover and we went to great lengths to scan it in the highest resolution possible so we’d get a great T-Shirt out of it and so it is! Classic! Photography by Jurgen Teller and I believe the highest selling edition of the iconic Face Magazine ever.
October 1st. Manchester Ritz 2nd. Blackburn King George Hall *Stand alone gig 3rd. Portsmouth Pyramid Centre 4th. Brighton Dome 5th. Birmingham Institute 7th. Leeds Stylus 8th. Glasgow Academy 9th. Newcastle Academy 11th. Nottingham Rock City 12th. London Roundhouse
It’s going to be a helluva couple of months, no sleep till…… dunno.