Manchester Evening News 1/98

-Top of the Crocks

It was not so long ago that Tim Booth of Manchester band James was known as one of the most energetic dancers in rock.

Not for him the slow-motion so-called "live" approach of Liam and Noel Gallagher.

A show by James -- who have had 13 top 40 hits in a 12-year career -- was always notable for the former Manchester university student's jerky dancing.

Alas, all that livewire frugging caused a nasty neck injury to the frontman not long after their appearance at the Manchester Apollo last year. The mishap was so serious it cut short their American tour. But the band were determined to play last summer's Reading Festival, at which the poor chap appeared wearing a neck brace to go with his spangly shirt.

Now James are set to roll again with the charismatic Tim braceless but still bouncing. They'll take the stage again at the Apollo on April 14 -- tickets go on sale today -- and doctors have told Tim he'll have to restrain himself.

"He can dance, he can express himself, but he'll just have to be careful where his neck is concerned," says a band insider.

Maybe he should take his own advice from one of the group's biggest hits -- and Sit Down.