The 20-track Queen High Straight is released today and marks her 5th solo album. The former front woman of chart-topping legends Transvision Vamp began writing Queen High Straight after a long wretch of touring her previous album The Price Of The Ticket which charted at number 14 in the UK.
Speaking about the album, inspirations and putting the tracks together, Wendy James commented, “Overall, my taste and style have not changed with time. The music that excites me now, ultimately, is the same as when I was starting out songwriting and back through my days in Transvision Vamp. I continue to marvel at Lou Reed and The Velvet Underground, I continue to be blown away by The Stooges, I continue to be everlastingly enthralled by Bob Dylan, but of course, the older one gets the more one discovers and I am now informed more cohesively and fully by all the music, new and old, which settles into my consciousness.
“My track listings are never altered from the order in which I write the songs, maybe it’s because it’s too tangential for me to try to shuffle songs around but really I think, in some kind of holistic way, the order in which the songs are written must surely be the very most natural order for them to be listed in. Around about song 14 ‘Bliss Hotel’ I hit a wall. I did not know where the inspiration was going to come from! But then somehow, miraculously, it comes again and one pushes on through, as it turned out, to some of my favourite songs on the entire album. My perfect moment? song 18 ‘Cancel It… I’ll See Him On Monday’; it was a ‘Eureka’ moment. I ran out into the garden and started dancing, “I’ve got it! I’ve got it!!!””
When does Wendy James headline at Manchester’s Deaf Institute?
Wendy James headlines at the Deaf institute, Manchester, on 16 September 2020. The Manchester gig is one of 19 dates she is set to play:
3 September – Bristol, Fleece
4 September – Swansea, Cinema and Co
5 September – Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
6 September – Brighton, Concorde 2
9 September – Cambridge, Junction
10 September – Birmingham, Institute 3
11 September – Stoke, Sugarmill
12 September – Portsmouth, Wedgewood Rooms
15 September – Nottingham, Bodega
16 September – Manchester, Deaf Institute
17 September – Leeds, Brudenell
18 September – Blackpool, Waterloo Music Bar
19 September – Newcastle, Cluny
21 September – Guildford, Boileroom
22 September – Tunbridge Wells, Forum
23 September – London, Islington O2
26 September – Glasgow, King Tuts
27 September – Edinburgh, Bannermans
29 September – Norwich, Arts Centre