|Birth name||James Lawrence Irvin|
|Origin||London, England, UK|
|Genres||New wave, pop, alternative rock, post-punk, psychedelic rock,|
|Instruments||Vocals, percussion, keyboards, synclavier|
|Labels||Survival, Stiff, Arista Records|
Jim Irvin is an English singer, songwriter and music journalist.
Born James Lawrence Irvin and raised in west London.
Irvin was the singer in the British indie band Furniture, who released singles and albums with Survival, Stiff and Arista Records between 1982 and 1990. He co-wrote their 1986 UK hit single, "Brilliant Mind", taken from the album, The Wrong People. The song also appeared in the John Hughes movie, Some Kind of Wonderful and was re-recorded for the soundtrack. Furniture made one further album, Food, Sex and Paranoia, for Arista (1989), and disbanded in 1991. In 1992, Irvin recorded an album, "Mad Scared Dumb And Gorgeous" with jazz musician Chris Ingham, under the name Because. It was released on Boo Hewerdine's Haven label.
In 1991, Irvin began contributing to Melody Maker magazine, where his work appeared under the name Jim Arundel. He was later made reviews editor. In 1994, reverting to Jim Irvin, he became the founding features editor of Mojo magazine. He was on the staff for seven years and left as its senior editor. One of his most notable pieces for the magazine was "Angel of Avalon", a major profile of the late Sandy Denny, published in 1998. He also edited an acclaimed book, The Mojo Collection. He has written for The Word, Time Out, The Sunday Times and The Guardian and continues to write a reissues column for Mojo.
Later production and songwriting
In 1995, Irvin produced the first demos by the band Gay Dad, and co-write some of the songs which later appeared on their debut album, Leisure Noise. Their single, "Oh Jim", was said to be dedicated to him.
Irvin returned to full-time songwriting in 2001, concentrating initially on dance music. He co-wrote the 2004 hit "The Weekend" by Michael Gray, and has had work recorded by Groove Armada, Full Intention and David Guetta.
Artists Irvin has written or co-written songs for include:
- Lissie ("When I'm Alone", "In Sleep", "Cuckoo", "Shameless", "Further Away (Romance Police)", "The Habit", "They All Want You")
- Lana Del Rey ("This Is What Makes Us Girls")
- Nothing But Thieves ("Graveyard Whistling" "Last Orders"")
- Halestorm ("Rock Show")
- Chlöe Howl ("Rumour" "This Song's Not About You")
- David Guetta ("Do Something Love")
- Gabrielle Aplin ("Start of Time")
- Gavin DeGraw ("Every Little Bit")
- Anne-Marie ("Forget My Number")
- Alex Hepburn ("Get Heavy", "Crown Of Thorns")
- Michelle Branch ("Loud Music")
- Simple Plan ("Astronaut", "Freaking Me Out", "Fire In My Heart"}
- Jack Savoretti ("Lifetime")
- Audra Mae ("Jebediah Moonshine's Friday Night Shack Party")
- Boyzone ("Separate Cars")
- Groove Armada ("From The Rooftops")
- Jack McManus ("Too Much of Yesterday", "Fine Time To Lose Your Mind", "In The Breeze")
- Zucchero ("Spirit/Together", "Devil in My Mirror"}
- Various Cruelties ("Beautiful Delirium")
- David Cook ("Paper Heart", "We Believe")
- The television show Smash ("Heart Shaped Wreckage")
- Ruth Lorenzo ("Dancing in the Rain", selected as the Spanish entry at the Eurovision Song Contest 2014)
Many of these songs were written in collaboration with musician and producer Julian Emery. Their song written with and for Lissie, "When I'm Alone", was selected by iTunes UK as the Song of the Year 2010.
- brilliant minds – the furniture story. Gilest.org. Retrieved 2010-11-13.
- Jimirvin.com. Retrieved 2010-11-13.
- Articles, interviews and reviews from Jim Irvin: Rock's Backpages. Rocksbackpages.com. Retrieved 2010-11-13.
- Radius Music Ltd. – Music industry artist management | Imogen Heap | Jack McManus | Rogue States. Radiusmusic.co.uk. Retrieved 2010-11-13.
- "Why Michelle Branch Almost Quit Music (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. 27 June 2011. Retrieved 2012-01-02.
- Slezak, Michael. (9 April 2010) David Cook on his sophomore CD: Massive choruses, mile-long catwalks, and...Dolly Parton? | EW.com. Music-mix.ew.com. Retrieved 2010-11-13.