Tony James

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Tony James
in Sigue Sigue Sputnik times
Tony James
in Vision Thing times


Tony James was the bass player for The Sisters from 1989-1991.

Before the Sisters, Tony's bands included Generation X and the *ahem* seminal Sigue Sigue Sputnik.
It has been widely claimed that at the time when Tony was putting SSS together, he approached Andrew Eldritch
to be the vocalist.

Some people have suggested that Tony's recruitment was a similar move to the recruitment of Wayne Hussey
in the mid-80's; a deliberately provocative move that the fans would not necessarily understand, and possibly
even strongly dislike.

With The Sisters of Mercy Tony James played on their most recent studio album Vision Thing and during the subsequent tour(s) in 1990 and 1991. He was also a member of the Speed Kings, see Speed Kings 1990 and Speed Kings Live 90.

Bootlegs from the early 1990s like The Neon Dream, Germany 1990, Black Visions, Satanic Verses and plenty more feature him on bass.

Tony James in 1991
Tony James in 1991


Apart from the Vision Thing album, Toni James did of course play on the singles More, Doctor Jeep, When You Don't See Me and the official Elektra Detonation Boulevard and Tour Thing 91 promos as well and can also be heard on various tracks of the 1992 released Temple Of Love single.

In addition he appears in the related music videos of the time for the tracks More, Doctor Jeep and Detonation Boulevard as well as in the revised video collection Shot Rev 2.0, all of which were released not before 1993.

Tony James last gig with The Sisters of Mercy was Winterthur Festival, 31 August 1991. He left, apparently amicably, and and bass-playing duties were turned over to Doktor Avalanche. Check here for a press review on the occasion of Tony's departure stored in the depths of the Heartland Photo Gallery.

The Sisters have not since had a full-time bass player again, although one or other of the various guitarists have played bass on occasional live songs.

Tony James nowadays


External Links


  • For slightly more information do also check wikipedia and Tony James' discography at discogs...
  • There is an interview with Tony (courtesy of those nice folk at myheartland.co.uk) here.
  • Tony's own reminiscences of his time with The Sisters can be found here.


After leaving The Sisters of Mercy, Tony James became a founding member of Carbon Silicon.



Additional Pictures


On the occasion of Tony James' departure from The Sisters Of Mercy, the following excerpt was printed in the first edition of UTR.

UTR I Page 3 Tony James Departure.jpg