James Johnston (English musician)

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James Johnston
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James Johnston performing at the Avantgarde Festival in Schiphorst, Germany, in August 2009.
Background information
Born 1966 (age 49–50)
Guildford, Surrey, England
Genres Alternative rock
Instruments Guitar, electric organ, vocals, violin, harmonica, piano.
Years active Late 1980s–present
Associated acts Gallon Drunk
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
Lydia Lunch
PJ Harvey

James Johnston (born 1966, Guildford, Surrey, England) is an English alternative rock musician.


Johnston founded the London-based alternative rock band Gallon Drunk with Michael Delanian, Nick Combe and Joe Byfield in 1990.[1] The group have been active, both recording and touring, to the present, releasing eight studio albums, compilations, and one live album, most recent being 2014's acclaimed 'The Soul Of The Hour', Johnston remaining the sole original member of the group as frontman and main songwriter. Johnston and fellow Gallon Drunk band-member Terry Edwards provided the musical accompaniment for Derek Raymond's spoken word album Dora Suarez in 1994.[1] Johnston was a member of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds from 2003 to 2008, having originally toured as a guest guitarist with the band in 1994 on the Lollapalooza tour.[1] He has also recorded and toured with a wide variety of other musicians, including Lydia Lunch (both solo and as the band Big Sexy Noise), French alternative rock group Ulan Bator, Barry Adamson, and as a member of legendary Krautrock band Faust, and currently recording and performing with PJ Harvey. Johnston has contributed scores to numerous film and television projects, working with Ken Russell and acting for Olivier Assayas in his award-winning film Clean.


  1. ^ a b c Strong, Martin C. (2002) The Great Indie Discography, Canongate, ISBN 1-84195-335-0, p. 755-6

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