Jimmy Hughes (British musician)

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James C Hughes
Background information
Birth name James C Hughes
Born (1958-08-21) 21 August 1958 (age 58)
London, England
Genres Rock, power pop, punk rock, new wave, blues
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, record producer
Years active 1976–present
Associated acts The Banned, Cowboys International, Original Mirrors, Department S, Boardwalk Isabella
Website BoardwalkIsabella.com

James C Hughes (born 21 August 1958, London) is an English bassist who has played with many punk rock and new wave bands, and whose career as a rock musician and writer continues to this day.

Born to Irish parents in London, Hughes, inspired by the glam rock sensibilities of his hero, Ziggy Stardust, and the bass playing of Free's Andy Fraser, began his career in music at the birth of punk rock with The Banned, enjoying immediate success as their first single "Little Girl" broke into the UK Top 30. After The Banned dissolved, Hughes joined Cowboys International, forming a rhythm section with drummer Terry Chimes, formerly of The Clash, together playing on the album The Original Sin in 1979, and the subsequent tours, television and radio appearances of the band. After a final TV appearance on The Old Grey Whistle Test (22 January 1980), Hughes left Cowboys International and joined Nick Kents group The Subterraneans,[1] subsequently appearing on their only single "My Flamingo"[2] which was released in early 1981.

In 1980, having turned down audition requests from Woody Woodmansey, Alex Chilton's Big Star, and Marco Pirroni of Adam and the Ants, he joined Ian Broudie's band, Original Mirrors, playing on an album and two singles including "Dancing with the Rebels". In 1981, he joined Department S,[3] in time to play on their unreleased album Sub-Stance, produced by David Tickle.

His subsequent work includes taking part in the first rock tour of the Middle East with the theatre rock band, Famous Names; guesting on tracks for the rockabilly band, Whirlwind; Alan Wilder's solo album Hydrology Parts 1 and 2; as writer and performer on Paradise Now for the Norwegian rock band, Oceans Apart; television appearances with La Toya Jackson; and playing with a diverse range of musicians including Mick Jagger, Jeff Beck, members of Cameo, Black, Greg Phillinganes, and Omar Hakim.

He is currently putting the finishing touches to the soon to be released debut album of his new band Boardwalk Isabella.


  1. ^ But We Do Have A Cowboy. In: Melody Maker 1 March 1980, page 14.
  2. ^ George Gimarc: Punk Diary. Backbeat Books 2005, page 403.
  3. ^ Home.earthlink.net

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