Wah Wah

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Wah Wah
Studio album by James
Released 1 October 1994
Recorded Real World Studios, Box, Wiltshire, 1993
Genre Experimental rock, alternative rock
Length 68:07
Label Mercury Records
Producer Brian Eno
Markus Dravs
James chronology
Wah Wah
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [1]
Entertainment Weekly (B+)[2]
The Independent (mixed)[3]
Martin C. Strong (6/10)[4]
Melody Maker (favourable)[5]
NME (7/10)[6]
Q 2/5 stars[7]
Rolling Stone (favourable)[8]

Wah Wah, the sixth full-length release by the Manchester indie rock group James, was produced by Brian Eno and Markus Dravs during the same six-week session as Laid. Although the group had always been keen on improvisation, both as their principal songwriting method and onstage, this was their first (and, thus far, only) album to be composed entirely of such material. It was Eno's idea that the group's improvisations should be recorded, having told them that he regarded this music as having equal importance to the finished songs birthed from it. However, the group told Stuart Maconie (for their authorised biography Folklore) that the album caused disagreements, particularly over Tim Booth's wish to redo some vocals and over how to deal with the finished record - originally planned as a giveaway with early copies of Laid, it was eventually issued as a limited edition several months later.

One track, Jam-J was chosen as a single, and released as a double-A side, along with "Say Something" from the album Laid.

The track "Tomorrow" was later re-recorded from scratch and placed on the band's next release, the album Whiplash as well as being culled as the second single from that record.

The album cover states that the album is by James but a sticker on the cover reads "James / Eno".

Track listing[edit]

  1. Hammer Strings
  2. Pressure's On
  3. Jam J
  4. Frequency Dip
  5. Lay the Law Down
  6. Burn the Cat
  7. Maria
  8. Low Clouds (1)
  9. Building a Fire
  10. Gospel Oak
  11. DVV
  12. Say Say Something
  13. Rhythmic Dreams
  14. Dead Man
  15. Rain Whistling
  16. Basic Brian
  17. Low Clouds (2)
  18. Bottom of the Well
  19. Honest Joe
  20. Arabic Agony
  21. Tomorrow
  22. Laughter
  23. Sayonara


  1. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/r206495/review
  2. ^ Entertainment Weekly: 66. 21 October 1994.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ Gallivan, Joseph (14 July 1994). "Wah Wah: Reviews". The Independent. Retrieved 19 January 2013. 
  4. ^ The Essential Rock Discography - Volume 1: 550. 2006.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ Melody Maker: 40. 10 September 1994.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ NME: 45. 10 September 1994.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ Snow, Mat (September 1994). "Wah Wah: Reviews". Q. Bauer Media Group. Retrieved 19 January 2013. 
  8. ^ Rolling Stone: 190. 29 December 1994.  Missing or empty |title= (help)