"Monday I drank for joy. Tuesday I drank, and the thunder of the Lord's judgment roasted my naked soul all Wednesday and a lot of Thursday as well." - Alex James
Alex James has written columns and articles for Q, NME, The Guardian and a handful of other
publications. Below are samples of his work. The articles are copyright of the respective
publications and used here without permission. If the reproduction of one of them here causes
a problem, mail me and I'll take it down.
A Year is a Long Time in Rock -
A year is a long time in rock; it's practically an epoch. Rock music travels into the past as superluminal
velocities. A rock year is probably further than a light year. From issue 210, Jan. 2004
Music of the Spheres - Alex James on the importance of rock on Mars.
April 13, 2004.
Why the Brits don't rock - 'It used to be carnage. But these days at
the Brit awards, you can't drink, you can't misbehave - and people only go if they know they've won. Why does
the industry even bother, asks Blur's Alex James. February 2004.
Those missing in action - Who's not on this list? Five of the albums in my own top 10 for starters. -
July 20, 2004
Cinema was sooo boring until Michael Moore came along - A Fahrenheit 9/11 movie
review of sorts. July 11, 2004
Joe Strummer: Streetcore - Alex reviews the album. Oct. 19, 2003
My favourite part of Britain - Alex's one-paragraph answer to a
survey of popular Brits on their favourite places in Britain. June 15, 2003
It Was All a Blur - 'I spent a million pounds on champagne in three years.' Alex James of Blur reveals the secret of being a really good drunk - and why, in the end, the drug didn't work. January 2003.
The Perfect . . . Festival - Sunday July 2, 2000
Come Fly With Me - When the Idler discovered Alex James was learning to fly,
we couldn't resist the opportunity to wheel across Albion's skies with him in a wonderfully dinky little
plane. Alex writes on the joy of those marvellous flying machines. Feb/Mar 1998. With pictures.
Brighton Rock - Looking good, Houston.
Am I Alex from Blur? - "11am. Woke up, looked in mirror and saw that I was Alex from Blur."
Dear Diary, or I Am Unwell - By Alex James, age 26.
How Fat Les Built Jerusalem - Alex James on Blake's Great Poem and Thoughts of God.
Take It To The Bridge - Alex James on the many pleasure of the king of card games
The Chips Are Up - Alex James on how to cook the perfect chip
West Coast Fags - Alex James tries to spark up in the land of the free
Darklife! - Using the name AJ Sexmeal, Alex reviews Permanent from
Joy Division alongside art by Graham Coxon. From NME, 17 June 1995, scanned by Poopins.
It's pretty, it's friendly, but best of all, it's real - Alex on the village
where he lives. Nov. 11, 2004
Happy Landings - Alex on selling his airplane.
Rock the Kasbah - Alex taking a trip to Morocco with his wife. Oct. 23, 2004
The Great Escape: I need to spend time with my shed and spanners - Breakfast
aside, London's West End has got to be about the worst place in the entire world to eat cheaply. Aug. 2, 2004
The Great Escape: My village fete was better than Glastonbury -
Professor Dumbledore looked as though he might burst into tears. July 17, 2004
The Great Escape: We'd glimpsed paradise - nothing could stop us -
As a child, I always dreamt that when I grew up I would live in the country. July 12, 2004
Park Life - After the birth of his new baby, Blur bass player Alex James
and family needed to recuperate. In rural Ireland they found a world-class retreat. May 8, 2004
Possibly the best place in the world to smoke a banger -
The Independent, 12 April 2004
Gorky Parklife - Borscht, Beetlebum and hookers in the hotel. Blur's bassist,
Alex James, tells the inside story of the band's adventures, on and off stage, during their first trip to
Moscow. October 3, 2003
Many of these were lovingly typed up by the wonderful Cristina, as well as the
wonderful Poopins. If you're going to
steal them and use them on your own fan site, obviously I can't stop you as I do not own the
copyright. However, if you gack them and make a mockery of their tremendous generosity, time and
energy, let me say right here that you suck.