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,
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.



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]

Artists Irvin has written or co-written songs for include:

Many of these songs were written in collaboration with musician and producer Julian Emery.[5] Their song written with and for Lissie, "When I'm Alone", was selected by iTunes UK as the Song of the Year 2010.


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