James’ Shamelessly Nostalgic A-Z Of Albums That He Liked To Listen To When He Was Young – Part 12: Laid

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And so we’re at the time of our A-Z journey through nineties music nostalgia when we ask, what the ‘L’?

And ‘L’ is coming, make no mistake about that.

But what fresh ‘L’ is this?


L is for Laid


I could hardly do a series nineties nostalgia posts predominantly about indie music without including a band that is called James could I?

The fact that they happen to be a fantastic band is really just a bonus.

If I’m honest, I wasn’t as big a fan of James in the nineties as I should have been. I love their music now, but I didn’t know too much about them back when they were arguably at the peak of their powers (although they’ve churned out some pretty good albums in recent times too).

I knew a few of their bigger hits even back then though and I remember them being pretty well-regarded by the NME and Melody Maker, the two publications that largely informed my views of music back then.

Anyway, regardless of whether I was a fan or not at the time, ‘Laid’ is great album and if I’d purchased it when it came out, I would definitely have liked it.

It’s one of my favourite albums now and my tastes haven’t changes that much since then. Or at all in fact.

I could go with any of the singles to sign off this post, but it would be hard to ignore the titular track, ‘Laid’.

So here it is:

  12 comments for “James’ Shamelessly Nostalgic A-Z Of Albums That He Liked To Listen To When He Was Young – Part 12: Laid

  1. April 14, 2020 at 10:21 am

    I remember driving to football matches and our driver would always play this album.

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    • April 14, 2020 at 10:47 am

      That should’ve got you sufficiently pumped up to play

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  2. April 14, 2020 at 11:59 am

    Almost halfway through… and nothing. Carry on!

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    • April 14, 2020 at 12:00 pm

      I’d hate to give you false hope at this stage…


  3. April 14, 2020 at 3:21 pm

    I’ve always liked James, but never actually owned any. I have no idea why that would be. Maybe I should remedy the situation. Today (I told you I was fickle) the ‘L’ of my youth would have to be Bowie’s ‘Low’ – an album that still sounds startlingly new today.

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  4. April 14, 2020 at 3:21 pm

    It’s good to hear that when you were younger you got Laid!

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    • April 14, 2020 at 3:48 pm

      I knew I could rely on you for that observation but I’m not certain I can claim a great deal of credit for my exploits back then

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  5. April 14, 2020 at 10:27 pm

    “Laid” is one of the great tunes of the 90s. My knowledge of the rest of the James catalog is minimal.

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    • April 15, 2020 at 6:54 am

      I was fairly similar. Had a ‘greatest hits compilation’ from some time back in the late nineties or early noughties but only really knew their hits. But I’ve checked out a few albums and they’re pretty consistently good. ‘Laid’ (the album) is up there with the best.

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