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Brian James is the Prime architect of English punk rock, a visionary who turned a whole generation on to the power and intensity of The Stooges and The MC5. The Punk face and principle songwriter of The Damned, Brian infamously wrote the punk classics “New Rose” and “Neat, Neat, Neat”. The Damned were the subject of the 2015 film “Don’t You Wish We Were Dead” premiered at SXSW.
“New Rose” was the first punk single and is considered to be the catalyst for the entire punk explosion of 1976. The songs from the Damned Damned Damned and Music For Pleasure albums still form the backbone of The Damned’s live performances, “New Rose” and “Neat Neat Neat” have been recorded and performed by numerous other artists including Guns and Roses, Motorhead and Mudhoney.
Brian James went on to form The Lords Of The New Church with Stiv Bators, Dave Tregunna and Nick Turner, comprised of former members of The Damned, The Dead Boys, Sham 69 and The Barracudas. Signed to Miles Copeland’s IRS Records they recorded three studio albums and toured the world between 1982 and 1989. Stiv Bators sadly died after being hit by a car in Paris in 1990.
One of the few bands who interconnected London punk with the New York CBGB’s punk scene, The Lords Of The New Church were also one of the first to receive heavy rotation airplay on MTV. Brian James and Stiv Bators wrote the classic song “Dance With Me” that has reached a new audience via the very successful recording by Nouvelle Vague and by it’s extensive use in advertising. All of The Lords Of The New Church albums were re-issued by Universal Records in 2013 and remain in print.
Brian has remained active recording and performing with his band the Brian James Gang and friends such as Iggy Pop, Wayne Kramer – MC5, Stewart Copeland – The Police, Clem Burke -Blondie, Duff Mckagan -Guns and Roses, Mani -The Stones Roses and Primal scream, The Saints, Cheetah Chrome and with his old Damned associate Rat Scabies as Scabies and James.
A Brian James electric live show features the primal sonic power of Brian’s trademark sledgehammer riffs and a unique mix of classic songs from all periods of his extensive musical career.