Tony James

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Tony James
Tony James in the Sigue Sigue Sputnik days - San Francisco, 1986
Background information
Birth name Anthony James
Born (1953-04-12) 12 April 1953 (age 61)
Shepherds Bush, London, England
Genres Punk rock, glam punk, post-punk, new wave, rock, garage rock, alternative rock
Occupation(s) Musician, record producer
Instruments Bass guitar, guitar
Years active 1975-active
Associated acts London SS, Chelsea, Generation X, Sigue Sigue Sputnik, The Sisters of Mercy, Carbon Silicon

Anthony Eric "Tony" James (born 12 April 1953, Shepherds Bush, London, England) is an English musician, best known as the bassist for Generation X and Sigue Sigue Sputnik.


He was originally a member of the punk band London SS, along with Brian James (later of The Damned), and Mick Jones plus Terry Chimes (both future members of The Clash).

Later, James joined the early punk band Chelsea. The group included Billy Idol (then William Broad) on the guitar, John Towe on drums and Gene October on vocals. Soon they left October to form Generation X (named after a 1960s paperback novel, by Jane Deverson, not to be confused with the 1990s book by Douglas Coupland), a British punk band of the late 1970s.

Tony James, after penning "Russian Roulette" for Stiv Bators and The Lords of the New Church, and producing a Sex Gang Children album, formed glam punk band Sigue Sigue Sputnik with fashion designer-cum-singer Martin Degville. In 1990, Tony James became a member of The Sisters of Mercy, and played bass on their Vision Thing album, he also played on the band's following live tours. James left the Sisters the following year.

On 20 September 1993, during Billy Idol's No Religion Tour, Tony James joined Generation X for a one-time reunion performance at the Astoria Theatre in London.

In 2002, James reunited with Mick Jones to form Carbon/Silicon. He continues to work with Jones, now co-writing songs and playing guitar for the band.[1] In 2010, he helped Patch William produce a tour video for their single release.

He still tours today, and has reformed Sigue Sigue Sputnik.

Personal life[edit]

After graduating from Brunel University with a First Class Honours Degree in mathematics and computing, Tony James worked as a computer programmer before playing music full-time.

During his tenure in Sigue Sigue Sputnik, James dated Janet Street-Porter. Prior to that relationship, he was living with Magenta Devine.


Generation X[edit]

Generation X Compilations

London Cowboys[edit]

  • 1982 – Animal Pleasure (Underdog Records)

The Lydons and the O'Donnells[edit]

  • 1986 – Family Album (MBC Records)

Sigue Sigue Sputnik[edit]

  • 1986 – Flaunt It (Parlophone Records)
  • 1988 – Dress for Excess (Parlophone Records)
  • 1996 – Sputnik: The Next Generation (EMI Records) (as "Sputnik: The Next Generation ")
  • 2000 – Sci-Fi Sex Stars (Sputnikworld Records) (as "Sci-Fi Sex Stars")
  • 2001 – Piratespace (Sputnikworld Records)
  • 2002 – Blak Elvis vs. The Kings of Electronic Rock and Roll (Sputnikworld Records)
  • 2003 – Ultra Real (Sputnikworld Records)
Sigue Sigue Sputnik Compilations

The Sisters of Mercy[edit]

Fin de Siécle[edit]

  • 2003 – This Is What I Like...... (Sputnikworld Records)


  • 2007 – The Magic Suitcase EP (Carbon/Silicon Records)
  • 2007 – The Last Post (Carbon/Silicon Records)
  • 2008 – Carbon Casino (Carbon/Silicon Records)
Carbon/Silicon Digital Releases
  • 2010 – A.T.O.M. (Carbon/Silicon Records)
  • 2010 – Western Front (Carbon/Silicon Records)
  • 2010 – The Crankup Suite Parts 1 and 2 (Carbon/Silicon Records)
  • 2010 – The Carbon Bubble (Carbon/Silicon Records)
  • 2013 – Big Surprise (Carbon/Silicon Records)


  1. ^ Herrera, Dave (2008-03-19). "Q&A with Carbon/Silicon's Tony James - Denver Music - Backbeat". Retrieved 2011-07-14. 

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