Jim Irvin

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Jim Irvin
Birth name James Lawrence Irvin
Origin London, England, UK
Genres New wave, pop, alternative rock, post-punk, psychedelic rock,
Occupation(s)
Instruments Vocals, percussion, keyboards, synclavier
Years active 1982–present
Labels Survival, Stiff, Arista Records
Associated acts
Website www.jimirvin.com

Jim Irvin is an English singer, songwriter and music journalist.

Early life[edit]

Born James Lawrence Irvin and raised in west London.

Career[edit]

Furniture[edit]

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.[1] 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.[2]

Music journalism[edit]

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.[3] He also edited an acclaimed book, The Mojo Collection.[4] 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[edit]

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.[citation needed]

In 1999, he produced Lido, the debut album by Clearlake, released in 2000 on his own label, Dusty Company, an offshoot of Domino Records.

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.[5]

Since 2006 his work has been mostly outside the dance music world.

Discography[edit]

Artist Album Song Co-written with Notes
Chlöe Howl "Rumour (Single)" (2014) "Rumour" Julian Emery, Chlöe Howl
Lewis Watson "The Morning" (2014) "Stones Around The Sun" Julian Emery, Lewis Watson (UK #28)
Lower Than Atlantis "Lower Than Atlantis" (2014) "Live Slow, Die Old" Julian Emery, Mike Duce
"Time"
"Number 1"
Nothing But Thieves "Graveyard Whistling EP" (2014) "Graveyard Whistling" Julian Emery, Nothing But Thieves
"Last Orders"
Pixie Lott ”Pixie Lott” (2014) "Break Up Song" Rami Afuni, Pixie Lott UK #15
"Oceans" Pixie Lott, Jerry Abbott
"Leaving You" Pixie Lott, Jerry Abbott
Ruth Lorenzo "Planeta Azul" (2014) "Dancing in the Rain" Julian Emery, Ruth Lorenzo
Lissie "Back To Forever" (2013) "Shameless" Julian Emery, Lissie Album UK #16
"Further Away (Romance Police)"
"The Habit"
"What's It Like"
Ryan Beatty "Chameleon" (single 2013) "Chameleon" Julian Emery, Ryan Beatty, Elisabeth Maurus
"Love will come my way"
Gabrielle Aplin "English Rain" (2013) "Start Of Time" Julian Emery, Gabrielle Aplin UK #2
Gavin DeGraw "Make A Move" (2013) "Every Little Bit" Julian Emery, Gavin Degraw US #10
Josh Krajcik ”Blindly, Lonely, Lovely” (2013) ”Her Song” Julian Emery, Josh Krajcik
Lee DeWyze "Frames" (2013) "You Don't Know Me" Julian Emery, Lee DeWyze (US #116)
Alex Hepburn "Together Alone" (2013) "Get Heavy" Julian Emery, Alex Hepburn France #2
"Crown Of Thorns"
Lana Del Rey Born To Die” (2012) This Is What Makes Us Girls Tim Larcombe, Lana Del Rey UK #1, US #2
Various Cruelties ”Various Cruelties” (2012) ”Beautiful Delerium” Julian Emery, Liam O'Donnell
Jack Savoretti ”Before the Storm” (2012) "Lifetime" Julian Emery, Jack Savoretti
Halestorm "The Strange Case Of..." (2012) "Rock Show" Julian Emery, Lzzy Hale US #15
"Don’t Know How To Stop"
Audra Mae and The Almighty Sounds ”Audra Mae and The Almighty Sounds” (2012) "Jebidiah Moonshine's Friday Night Shack Party" Julian Emery, Audra Mae
Simple Plan "Get Your Heart On” (2011) "Freaking Me Out" Julian Emery, Chuck Comeau, Pierre Bouvier CAN #2
"Astronaut"
"Fire in My Heart"
David Cook "This Loud Morning" (2011) "Paper Heart" Julian Emery, David Cook US #7
"We Believe"
Lissie "Catching a Tiger" (2010) "When I'm Alone" Julian Emery, Lissie UK #12 GOLD
"In Sleep"
"Loosen The Knot"
"Cuckoo"
Boyzone Brother” (2010) ”Separate Cars” Julian Emery, Jack McManus, Jon Green UK #1
Zucchero Fornaciari ”Chocabeck” (2010) "Devil In The Mirror" Zucchero Fornaciari Italy #1
"Spirit / Together" Zucchero Fornaciari, Iggy Pop
David Guetta ”Pop Life” (2007) "Do Something Love" Garraud, David Guetta, Ben Chapman, Juliet Richardson France #2
Groove Armada Soundboy Rock” (2007) “From The Rooftops” Jack McManus, Andy Cato, Tom Findlay UK #10
Michael Gray The Weekend” (Single 2004)” The Weekend Oliver Cheatham, Michael Gray, Sally Still UK #7

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