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James — Knuckle Too Far
Album: Laid
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Released: 1993
Length: 4:33
Plays (last 30 days): 8
Slow down, my brother, your life is passing fast
Will you remember all these scenes that you've passed
So long, so long

Speeding past sunset, blurring from town to town
Faces I forget, hotels all look the same
Worn down the knuckle too far
So long, so long

Lost are your colors, now life's in black and white
Steals from a movie, this life's a trick of the light
Worn down the knuckle too far
Worn down

City of strangers, you seem so tired to me
Don't think I'll stay here, you don't seem friendly
I'll keep on moving, searching for peace of mind
Rivers unwinding maybe I'll find it this time
So long, so long
So long

Live from my suitcase, my life's within my hands
Sleep in a strange bed, hometown's a foreign land
Down, the knuckle too far
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This song came along in my life when a very good friend of mine who was bipolar and a phenominal jazz drummer decided to meet his maker.  This song came at a time when I needed to make sense of his decision.  Still tears me up to hear it but if I hadn't heard this on RP I wouldn't have come to peace with it.  I am forever grateful for hearing this on RP.  Cheers and RIP Johnny Pain.
Very cool vibe with this one. For a moment I thought you were playing some "Spaceman 3", but delighted to find that it was James. Somehow I missed this cut so thanks for getting me up to speed. 
Imagine being in a club, 19 yrs old and James comes on 'Sit down next to me' ...and everyone sits down.  Happy times.
 NEOvManhattan wrote:

Just a great song!




I agree! Another band that I had never heard of before. ...Thanx RP! 
Born down the nipple too far?  Sure, okay....
just upped to an 8, am loving the music this morning as I take care of unfortunate business...one of those days that each tune carries some lovely, sad or comforting weight. music does save us.


bicyclesonmain wrote:
why do people seam to have to compare artis just enjoy!!!!!

 Akazungu wrote:

Sew what?

Because they see a thread of similarity.
 CowboyJJ wrote:

I can't believe it took me almost 30 years to realize that they are wearing dresses on the album cover!  AND eating bananas!?!




And the album is called "Laid", and the song is 'Knuckle Too Far". Rather provocative, aren't they?
I can't believe it took me almost 30 years to realize that they are wearing dresses on the album cover!  AND eating bananas!?!
Just a great song!
More James please!!!
O.K....I somehow completely missed this band all together growing up or in the past.
After more recently noticing them on here (thxRP) I was gonna make a (try too) joke about the "lack of creativity in the band name was a bit of a turn off" but actually the joke was on me. After looking into them more, and especially this album (I'm still catching up on the others)..... I have found this album to be simply, unbelievably, fantastically, wonderfully great, and pretty darn good as well!  A definite press play and walkaway and real gem for me if even 28 years late.
Can't play enough James, Bill. 
Sounds like Hoyem....
Saw them live before the pandemic hit - fabulous show. The extensiveness and variety of their catalogue is very impressive. Forgot how many songs of theirs I loved. 
 brookap wrote:
This album is one of those albums you just need to put on and experience it 'cover to cover', like a book you can't put down. I'm still moved by these songs - they hold up so well over the span of years. I just walked into the room with the bass turned up and was stopped in my tracks by the bassline and the elegant understatement of this track. Damn, this takes me back...
 I feel ya....!...Not only do many of us miss some of the greats of "ago" but, not to deny one iota of talent.... today's music, no matter how excellent, awesome, pick an adjective!.... today's artists just don't seem to want(?) to make those kind of lasting quality songs....IMO.

 Akazungu wrote:


This comment reminds me a lot of a comment by that one other guy....
 Makes ME wonder, if every waking moment of this individual's life is like an airplane joke....bicycle in title...hmmm.....
 bicyclesonmain wrote:
why do people seam to have to compare artis just enjoy!!!!!
 
Because Americans like to measure things. The only available metric is the work of other artists.


This is such a beautiful album. I've been listening to it every Sunday for more than a decade.

Caught them live last year when they opened for Psychedelic Furs. Definitely my favorite part of the evening -- a different kind of energy, but most excellent.
 bicyclesonmain wrote:
why do people seam to have to compare artis just enjoy!!!!!
 
Sew what?
This is good.  Could hear James more often. 
more James please.
        
Nice feel. It has echoes of Willie Mason's - "Restless Fugitive". No complaints!
James; way underplayed.
 noe.architecte169 wrote:
It seems like And also the trees  {#Meditate}
 
I get a bit of that too...RP needs more AATT.
It seems like And also the trees  {#Meditate}
Wow, never heard this before. Shows that James is timeless.
why do people seam to have to compare artis just enjoy!!!!!
 msymmes wrote:
Maybe I do hear some Eno.

 
As mentioned somewhere below, Brian Eno produced this album.

aspicer wrote:
Excellent tune - Excellent album! Their best IMHO....


Yep, and their show for this album tour at the Riviera Theatre in Chicago was right around the time of my birthday, and my best friend at the time bought us tickets and thankfully dragged me away from studying for grad school finals to go to the show—was great.

Excellent tune - Excellent album! Their best IMHO....
Maybe I do hear some Eno.
 Starlit sky come nigh !
      I am tiptoeing.
This album is one of those albums you just need to put on and experience it 'cover to cover', like a book you can't put down. I'm still moved by these songs - they hold up so well over the span of years. I just walked into the room with the bass turned up and was stopped in my tracks by the bassline and the elegant understatement of this track. Damn, this takes me back...
 subgyro wrote:

Have you heard the other half of those sessions? The ones that happened later at night, in a candle-lit studio with nothing to drink but red wine and no second chances on the recordings?

It's called Wah Wah, and is a must hear for anyone who likes either James or Eno!! (I have had to purchase it thrice. It keeps wandering from my collection.)

https://www.allmusic.com/album/wah-wah-mw0000626609

 
listening to it now!
 df1489 wrote:
It's their collaboration with Eno that makes this whole album an absolute gem.
Well done guys!

 
Have you heard the other half of those sessions? The ones that happened later at night, in a candle-lit studio with nothing to drink but red wine and no second chances on the recordings?

It's called Wah Wah, and is a must hear for anyone who likes either James or Eno!! (I have had to purchase it thrice. It keeps wandering from my collection.)

https://www.allmusic.com/album/wah-wah-mw0000626609
 jagdriver wrote:

Or How Long by Ace.

 

 
Akin to Boz Scaggs, one paragon of blue-eyed soul.
Please, please, please play something upbeat! I am falling into the after lunch stupor {#Sleep}
Clearly most under-rated band in the world (at least in the US) IMO; they've reassembled, saw them live on their 2011 tour-best concert I've ever attended.
 Canlistener wrote:
Was privileged to see these guys live a couple times before they broke up.  Tim Booth could sing a nursery rhyme and it would sound amazing.  

 

Great way to put it!!



marvelous...  love it...
 
Can't tell Eno helped out but love it.
ACE!? One Hit Wonders.  Saw them open for Elton John @ the Hollywood Bowl ... so long so long ago ...
jagdriver wrote:

Or How Long by Ace.

 
 


 Decoy wrote:
Sounds like Happy Jack by The Who.
 
Or How Long by Ace.

 
Love this song and album.  Such fantastic lyrics James have.
 Decoy wrote:
Sounds like Happy Jack by The Who.
  Sounds more like The Police "Walking In Your Footsteps". Still good relaxing melody. I like It!!


Woohoo!  They are coming to Seattle — April 8th — hoping I can catch the show!!  I've heard them live on KEXP and they still sound great!
Sounds like Happy Jack by The Who.
I listen to this album every Sunday while I cook brunch.
 df1489 wrote:
It's their collaboration with Eno that makes this whole album an absolute gem.
Well done guys!
 

Huh.  Did not know that.  Great album, tho.  Takes me back....... : )
 helgigermany wrote:
Never heared this before! Very nice!
 
'swat I was thinkin'. Cool tune.
Reminds me of  "Walking In Your Footsteps" by The Police. Still pretty good.
James...good stuff  :)

It's their collaboration with Eno that makes this whole album an absolute gem.
Well done guys!


This is a great song, but you need to explore James even more on RP. There is so much good material by Tim Booth and James out there and not played often in the US. Just saw James in concert in LA and it was by far one of the best concerts I have ever seen. He is incredibly energized  and energizing live! More James PLEASE!

Never heared this before! Very nice!
This is one of my favourite albums of all time, unfortunately none of its best tracks are on RP (One of the Three, Say Something, Five-O, Lullaby). Guess I'll have to dig it out again myself...

Was privileged to see these guys live a couple times before they broke up.  Tim Booth could sing a nursery rhyme and it would sound amazing.  
{#Daisy}
creativebones wrote:
Interesting song...but I really really don't
like the cover art weird dresses and shit
eatin bannanas
 
jagdriver wrote:
I know....they'd look FAR better in sequined evening gowns while eating tangerines!

inindian wrote:
Nice one jag! LOL{#Roflol}

As a whole, my favorite album ever.


 creativebones wrote:
Interesting song...but I really really don't
like the cover art weird dresses and shit
eatin bannanas
 
I know....they'd look FAR better in sequined evening gowns while eating tangerines!

After hearing "Laid" and feeling like I had to disinfect my ears, I'm amazed to say I really like the sound of this piece.  Clearly James are not afraid to experiment and have a really broad scope musically.
This entire album is a beautiful, transcendent masterpiece. It should be listened to "cover to cover" to use the expression.
 
djengs wrote:
Pretty good. Never heard of them-is this unusual or typical for them?
 


think this a Brian Eno production... am I correct?
djengs wrote:
Pretty good. Never heard of them-is this unusual or typical for them?
it's typical, but not for the last 3 albums. James is not the same. I miss the 80's....
Am I hearing New Order here - very haunting>
Sweet.
Pretty good. Never heard of them-is this unusual or typical for them?
...shades of michael brook...
Wait a minute - James? Capable of subtlety? I had no clue!
similar sound to some of Daniel Lanois' stuff
Love this band. Love this record.
Love the sound on this and like the voice too - I find it a bit irritating on some of their more commercial stuff
Seems like they are trying too hard to simply be odd, both visually and musically... meh!
WHAT A SET! incredible selection, brilliant segues... RP you are getting better and better. Thank you! PS: This Eno-produced record is one of my favorites - ever. Nice to hear this in proximity to Bowie's S+V
what a crazy cover. these guys better bring it IMO. Have not heard them
Thea wrote:
fabulous album. I have tried twice to see them, and failed both times. now it's too late and I, too, am sad.
Never too late. They are back together, and touring Britain again in April, with a warm-up in Dublin ahead of the British tour: all dates sold out, but I guess more will follow. https://www.wearejames.com/tour-dates/
coooooooool!
stinkycheese wrote:
isn't there a silverstein poem about that?
Inside everybody's nose There lives a sharp-toothed snail. So if you stick your finger in, He may bite off your nail. Stick it farther up inside, And he may bite your ring off. Stick it all the way, and he May bite the whole darn thing off.
... i adore this song and the album cover art is the best! i love bananas!
Interesting song...but I really really don't like the cover art weird dresses and shit eatin bannanas
Dianyla wrote:
Is this song about visiting the proctologist?
I think these guys were sitting around one night,came up with a good lick and a good line and filled things out real quick from there.
I clocked out and back in to rate this. Heart pou8nding beat. I like it. 9, Lord knows I need my heart to beat.
This is actually pretty cool for James..
JohnErle wrote:
I always thought it was about an overly aggressive nose picker.
isn't there a silverstein poem about that?
Dianyla wrote:
Is this song about visiting the proctologist?
I always thought it was about an overly aggressive nose picker.
thousandrobots wrote:
james, u2?
My thoughts exactly....during the Eno-influenced years.
Dianyla wrote:
Is this song about visiting the proctologist?
Struck me somewhere along that same line?
Dianyla wrote:
Is this song about visiting the proctologist?
I always thought it was about a date gone really bad. Or really good, depending on your perspective.
Thea wrote:
fabulous album. I have tried twice to see them, and failed both times. now it's too late and I, too, am sad.
Why? Were they all killed in bizzare gardening accident or something?
Is this song about visiting the proctologist?
I have endlessly loved "Laid" ever since the first time I heard it many years ago. It is really hard to pick favourites out of the very solid collection of fine songs featured on this album, but this song is definitely one of them. Slow down, my brother, your life is passing fast Will you remember all these scenes that you've passed Soothing and meditative, the bass is like a heartbeat.
RoyStudios wrote:
Hear the rest then make up your mind.
Kind of thinking of Jeff Tweedy & Wilco some years ago...
I like one-chord songs like this
fabulous album. I have tried twice to see them, and failed both times. now it's too late and I, too, am sad.
Very nice groove.
pedro wrote:
James is the one band I regret never seeing.
Me too, and now it's too late.
diane wrote:
This album has gotten into my ALL-TIME TOP 10 just recently. Every number on it rates at least a seven with me, and most are 9's or 10's. OUTSTANDING
Agreed; it's been in my top ten ever since I first heard it, too.
James is the one band I regret never seeing.
I have to throw my hat into this ring.. this is one of the greatest albums. I have many fond memories of reading the paper on Sunday to this, then retiring to the bedroom with my lady for a repeat .. ahem .. listen.
One of the best albums of all time. Very solid. This album has followed me around the world several times.
Sounds like Vini Reilly on the guitar ... is it?
One of my favorite songs from one of my favorite bands. I spent many hours in my studio in design school listening to this CD.
flandersdog wrote:
I have treasured this album ever since it was released...if there was a fire and I could rescue only two of my CDs, this would be one of them
Without a doubt! I have purchased many copies of this album due to wear and tear. Life wouldn't be the same without it. This is a GEM!
These guys are just @$%*+= BRILLIANT..........Love this song, Love the CD
Quite frankly, it's awesome.
Niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiice..................very mellow.
Definitely James' best album, every track is excellent. The originally released Gold Mother was great too, I still can't believe they removed tracks to add Sit Down...
thousandrobots wrote:
james, u2?
Hear the rest then make up your mind.
I have treasured this album ever since it was released...if there was a fire and I could rescue only two of my CDs, this would be one of them
One of the most beautifully and spotlessly performed songs I have ever heard live.
This album has gotten into my ALL-TIME TOP 10 just recently. Every number on it rates at least a seven with me, and most are 9's or 10's. OUTSTANDING
james, u2?
trancefussion wrote:
This album was truely superb, to bad they never seemed to match the intensity of "laid". Still a great band in my opinion, and would love to hear more of this album especially "P.S".
I actually like this song quite a bit. "Laid" (the song) has REALLY gotten on my nerves over the years, but this is nice.
trancefussion wrote:
This album was truely superb, to bad they never seemed to match the intensity of "laid". Still a great band in my opinion, and would love to hear more of this album especially "P.S".
"P.S." just got nixed. :( I love this one, though.
This album was truely superb, to bad they never seemed to match the intensity of "laid". Still a great band in my opinion, and would love to hear more of this album especially "P.S".