What For

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For the single by Aisha, see What For?.
"What For"
Single by James
Released March 1988
Recorded 1987
Genre Folk
Label Sire
Producer(s) Hugh Jones
James singles chronology
So Many Ways
What For
Ya Ho

"What For" is a single by Mancunian band James, released in 1988 by Sire Records, the first after an enforced eighteen-month hiatus and also the first release featuring material off their forthcoming album Strip-mine. Both the title track and one of the two additional tracks, "Not There" were included on Strip-mine, while the other track, "Island Swing" remains otherwise unreleased. "What For" was also included on the compilation Just Say Yo and reached the 33rd spot on John Peel's Festive Fifty of 1988.

Track listing[edit]

7" single
  1. "What For"
  2. "Island Swing"
12" EP, cassette
  1. "What For (Climax Mix)"
  2. "Island Swing"
  3. "Not There"