Title: Laid

Artist: James

Album: Laid

Year Released: 1993

What It Is: Classic catchy cheeky Brit-pop. Actually, the lyrics are a bit, um, co-dependent but hey.

Riffage / Hookage: Gosh, this song has hooks a plenty!

Cowbell?: Nah

Words Of Wisdom: “Caught your hand inside the till
Slammed your fingers in the drawer
Fought with kitchen knives and skewers
Dressed me up in women’s clothes
Messed around with gender roles
Line my eyes and call me pretty”

Not that there’s anything wrong with that!

Mixology Report: Sure thing, but the subtleties may get lost bumping up against punk or metal.

Top Five Genius Results: How Soon Is Now – Smiths
Common People – Pulp
Jane Says – Jane’s Addiction
Nightswimming – REM
Pictures Of You – The Cure

For The Good Of The Order: What happens when you take four years to follow up your first real success in the US? Your album charts at #158 and the fans you gained in 1993 via MTV and alternative radio left you. Word of warning to all you bands out there. Go create. You don’t have to be a Robert Pollard and release 431 songs a year, but one record every year to 18 months is fine!

Here’s a couple of live clips. One from Glastonbury and one from Letterman. And remember, she only hums comes when she’s on top. (Or so they say!)