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James — Getting Away With It
Album: Pleased To Meet You
Avg rating:
7.1

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Total ratings: 1707









Released: 2002
Length: 4:04
Plays (last 30 days): 3
Are you aching for the blade?
That's OK, we're insured
Are you aching for the grave?
That's OK, we're insured

We're getting away with it all messed up
Getting away with it all messed up
That's the living

Daniel's saving Grace
She's out in deep water
Hope he's a good swimmer
Daniel plays his ace
Deep inside his temple
He knows how to serve her

We're getting away with it all messed up
Getting away with it all messed up
That's the living
We're getting away with it all messed up
Getting away with it all messed up
That's the living

Daniel drinks his weight
Drinks like Richard Burton
Dance like John Travolta
Now
Daniel's saving Grace
He was all but drowning
Now they live like dolphins

We're getting away with it all messed up
Getting away with it all messed up
That's the living
We're getting away with it all messed up
Getting away with it all messed up
That's the living

We're getting away with it all messed up
Getting away with it all messed up
That's the living
Oh, getting away with it all messed up
Getting away with it all messed up
That's the living

Getting away with it
We're getting away with it
That's the living
That's the living
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Fresh from James gig at the Co op Arena in Manchester last Friday I reiterate they are one of the greatest live bands ever. And Manchester’s own! Awesome. And the new album is excellent too. 
First his neighbors are complaining about the sex noises, and now he's trying to get away with it all.  I don't like the sound of this James guy.
 kcar wrote:





For those not familiar with the term, Urban Dictionary nails it on the pointy head. 

Urban Dictionary definition of "assclown"

A person who is laughable and detestable at the same time. Usually pretends to be a know-it-all, often enhancing their stories, knowledge, experience, and every thing in between with pure bullshit.

 

An example: Trump
Grrrrrrreat
 westslope wrote:

Sounds like a counter-culture theme song.

 

Getting away with it all messed up. ..... 

 

This must be one helluva live party band. 




it was (the band) for my friends and i back in the day, for sure. 
Has anyone seen the film 'Saving Grace'?
Is this song inspired by the film? I've always wondered. Does anyone know?
Just for clarity - I like the song and i liked the film.
Im Making this my theme song for 2023
-Daniel
 jozooka wrote:

Anyone else think he sounds like Ethel Merman or is it just me?



I hear a bit of Ian Hunter
 tournemire wrote:

" i love this song"
"let's see what they say in the comments"
"...... ................... ................"
"oh, but they dont speak of music ....."


Joining everyone who
Bumping this up from an 8 to a 9. Ever since I heard this one come around on RP a couple of years ago it gets stuck in my head from time to time. Signs of a great one if you ask me.
 Aud wrote:

you mean, Trump?


No, look in the mirror, it is you!
 kcar wrote:





For those not familiar with the term, Urban Dictionary nails it on the pointy head. 

Urban Dictionary definition of "assclown"

A person who is laughable and detestable at the same time. Usually pretends to be a know-it-all, often enhancing their stories, knowledge, experience, and every thing in between with pure bullshit.

 

you mean, Trump?
 jozooka wrote:

Anyone else think he sounds like Ethel Merman or is it just me?



I would love to have access to whatever drugs you're taking!
Still trying to work out if I did get away with it......was definately messed up back then, and I'm still living... 10
Way way way too repetitive. Ugh.
Classy fresh punchy determined opinionated linked pushed emphatic descriptive driving humoured lifted mod tempered with Grace and getting A way with it - all messed up
James are the real deal, from Stutter on. 
 jozooka wrote:
Anyone else think he sounds like Ethel Merman or is it just me?
 

How does this comment not have a bizzillion up thumbs?
Great later period James, love their approach and view of the world, plus great front man dancing....
This band is so underated. Apart from this one, radio stations tend to play the same 3 or 4 hits over and over, but  they have done some great songs aside from the popular ones.
OMG i'll never forget the ethel merman comment
Brilliant band, brilliant track. If it's gay then fine, who cares.... it's not a disease you know? {#Frustrated}
 WonderLizard wrote:

Good lord, homophobia, too? Stingy, is there no end to your neuroses?

 
Very James, then!

PS
The beginning of the song is gorgeous, then it turns into a gay-bar rocker! I literaly see "them"!

PPS
Why is it a neurosis, when I state "very gay"? My neurosis or yours...?

Just kidding! The song is OK - but the Stranglers, Vibrators or Clash are definitely less gay! 
woo-hoo I dig this  ( :
 Stingray wrote:
very gay...

 
Good lord, homophobia, too? Stingy, is there no end to your neuroses?
https://youtu.be/1qSv86Jo7MI
I love James!!!!!!!
 
 {#Clap}

tournemire wrote:
" i love this song"
"let's see what they say in the comments"
"...... ................... ................"
"oh, but they dont speak of music ....."

 


Love this little tune, it just makes me sing along.
" i love this song"
"let's see what they say in the comments"
"...... ................... ................"
"oh, but they dont speak of music ....."
 jozooka wrote:
Anyone else think he sounds like Ethel Merman or is it just me?
  One of the greatest calls on Radio Paradise


 Stingray wrote:
very gay...

 
Prompts me to wonder how 6th grade is going for Stingray...
 
Stingray wrote:
very gay...

 
As Tootsie asked: In what sense?
 
Horrible!
 Stingray wrote:
very gay...

 




For those not familiar with the term, Urban Dictionary nails it on the pointy head. 

Urban Dictionary definition of "assclown"

A person who is laughable and detestable at the same time. Usually pretends to be a know-it-all, often enhancing their stories, knowledge, experience, and every thing in between with pure bullshit.

 
 d-don wrote:

You could write a 500-page autobiography and we wouldn't learn anything more than we need to know than what you told us with these two words. Bravo. 
 
Yup.  Says a lot about socio-economic background......
 Stingray wrote:
very gay...
 
You could write a 500-page autobiography and we wouldn't learn anything more than we need to know than what you told us with these two words. Bravo. 

Est-ce que il est tombé sur la tit?

Sounds like a counter-culture theme song.

 

Getting away with it all messed up. ..... 

 

This must be one helluva live party band. 


very gay...
i saw them in Brazil. amazing.
 oldsaxon wrote:
kalpol wrote:
In the performance from which this track is taken, they started the song and screwed it up, and had a good laugh at themselves. The "thriving on chaos" comment is at the end of that first aborted attempt, then they try again.


something wrong with my quotey thing here... OLDSAXON speaking from here down. 
That's a lesson. What sounds pretentious was really out of context funny. Gotta hate the sound bite monsters. Not fair to the speakers...
 
Yeah, that's real "chaos"  
 kalpol wrote:

In the performance from which this track is taken, they started the song and screwed it up, and had a good laugh at themselves. The "thriving on chaos" comment is at the end of that first aborted attempt, then they try again.
 
Ah, now THAT makes sense.
ROFL... and now that you mention it, yes.

jozooka wrote:
Anyone else think he sounds like Ethel Merman or is it just me?
 

Anyone else think he sounds like Ethel Merman or is it just me?
God-awful distortion for this piece (previous tracks fine tonight).
  MojoJojo wrote:
The intro is so laughably pretentious.  "...we thrive on chaos...".  Yeah, whatever.  {#Rolleyes}
  

kalpol wrote:
In the performance from which this track is taken, they started the song and screwed it up, and had a good laugh at themselves. The "thriving on chaos" comment is at the end of that first aborted attempt, then they try again.


something wrong with my quotey thing here... OLDSAXON speaking from here down. 
That's a lesson. What sounds pretentious was really out of context funny. Gotta hate the sound bite monsters. Not fair to the speakers...


Yes, nice /shift 8 —-> 9
Nice!
 MojoJojo wrote:
The intro is so laughably pretentious.  "...we thrive on chaos...".  Yeah, whatever.  {#Rolleyes}

 
In the performance from which this track is taken, they started the song and screwed it up, and had a good laugh at themselves. The "thriving on chaos" comment is at the end of that first aborted attempt, then they try again.


 Alafia wrote:

2

I'm sorry.

I just have a personal prejudice against songs that repeat one lyric over and over,
backed up by relentless, repetitive drum bashing and one-note guitar solos.

EDIT: Unless it's Neil Young...
 
Agreed. Except for the Neil Young part.
 Stingray wrote:
Did something I usually NEVER (!!!) do here...

...read the critics first - before writing this!

After the first 10-20 seconds I thought:" oooh, who's that?"
Then I checked and wondered it was "JAMES".
I knew the name of the band
of course, but not their music!

I liked this first 10-20 seconds - have to admit that!
(but have to insist it was just that - 20 sec. max).

Then I read the critics, while the song was continuing!
And yes, soon had to agree that it was just a silly little song!

I give it a 3, though!

And that means,
"No, James, I did not let you get away with it!"
 
You really have to hear more of their stuff. Laid and Ball of Frustration are two of my favorite songs EVER. 
Did something I usually NEVER (!!!) do here...

...read the critics first - before writing this!

After the first 10-20 seconds I thought:" oooh, who's that?"
Then I checked and wondered it was "JAMES".
I knew the name of the band
of course, but not their music!

I liked this first 10-20 seconds - have to admit that!
(but have to insist it was just that - 20 sec. max).

Then I read the critics, while the song was continuing!
And yes, soon had to agree that it was just a silly little song!

I give it a 3, though!

And that means,
"No, James, I did not let you get away with it!"


 Alafia wrote:

2

I'm sorry.

I just have a personal prejudice against songs that repeat one lyric over and over,
backed up by relentless, repetitive drum bashing and one-note guitar solos.

EDIT: Unless it's Neil Young...

 

Yeah, if it's Neil Young, it's an automatic 1!
{#Clap}
Sounds just like Die Toten Hosen - Hier kommt Alex (from 1988)
I really like this I just want to dance, {#Dancingbanana}{#Dancingbanana},
The intro is so laughably pretentious.  "...we thrive on chaos...".  Yeah, whatever.  {#Rolleyes}

Nine thumbs up
 valerie wrote:
Over the course of a day this song fits in with the whole vibe of RP. For me, it's a little to British sounding.
 
That my friend is impossible, it either sounds British or it doesn't.  I for one love British bands,
especially Elbow now!


wow, they actually have one line of lyrics?  that's talent!

Omg, this live version is just kick-ASS !


 Odyzzeuz wrote:
This makes me pee my trousers.
 
Well, this is certainly a good opportunity to relieve myself of the morning coffee before I do the same!
excellent.............!
Please play MORE James
 Alafia wrote:

2

I'm sorry.

I just have a personal prejudice against songs that repeat one lyric over and over,
backed up by relentless, repetitive drum bashing and one-note guitar solos.

EDIT: Unless it's Neil Young...

 
Downgraded to 1

Oh man, I despise this tune.



2

I'm sorry.

I just have a personal prejudice against songs that repeat one lyric over and over,
backed up by relentless, repetitive drum bashing and one-note guitar solos.

EDIT: Unless it's Neil Young...

Thanks for playing some James — ALWAYS appreciated.

WOO HOO!!!!     *starts clapping along with the crowd*  

More James, pleeeeease!!!!

*bops around in her chair*


{#Jump}

Absolutely wonderful after Neil Finn - Don't Dream It's Over (live), too, btw. {#Clap}
Too repetitive.

And they sound drunk... in a bad way.
valerie wrote:
Over the course of a day this song fits in with the whole vibe of RP. For me, it's a little to British sounding.
Aye, what's your point. Are US bands too US sounding, I honestly don't understand this comment. Maybe there isn't one, just mouth speaks before brain engages!
this song is growing on me( 6 -> 7)
Danny_G wrote:
Why? are you handless? Don't be envious..
Best comment ever.
This makes me pee my trousers.
mefrombrazil wrote:
I HATE WHEN SOMEBODY CRITICIZE JAMES, MY FAVORITE BAND IN THE WHOLE WORLD.
Strictly speaking, I think he was criticizing your fellow James fans :oD.
wmstadler wrote:
I HATE it when the audience claps to the music.
I HATE WHEN SOMEBODY CRITICIZE JAMES, MY FAVORITE BAND IN THE WHOLE WORLD.
what is that stain in your trousers, friend?
wmstadler wrote:
I HATE it when the audience claps to the music.
Why? are you handless? Don't be envious..
Love!!!
Odyzzeuz wrote:
That would be hilarious. A whole audience in strait jackets peeing in their trousers. All together now!
ah ah ah ah. great comment.
NoEnzLefttoSplit wrote:
oh for chrissakes.. whadda you want them to do? Wear strait-jackets and pee in their trousers?
That would be awesome!
wonderful. i'm waiting for James' new record coming soon. Tim Booth knows how to use his voice.
NoEnzLefttoSplit wrote:
oh for chrissakes.. whadda you want them to do? Wear strait-jackets and pee in their trousers?
That would be hilarious. A whole audience in strait jackets peeing in their trousers. All together now!
wmstadler wrote:
I HATE it when the audience claps to the music.
oh for chrissakes.. whadda you want them to do? Wear strait-jackets and pee in their trousers?
drmike wrote:
please listen to your listeners and break that record
Don't break that record, I like to hear different sounding music, the more different sometimes the better. I could see myself jamming to this live.
wmstadler wrote:
I HATE it when the audience claps to the music.
It always smatters out. You just have to wait.
wmstadler wrote:
I HATE it when the audience claps to the music.
It takes a ton of willpower not to do it though, even if you don't believe in it, when everyone around you starts doing it because one jerk did. But then I'm in that weird school where concerts in a theatre (i.e. you have a ticketed seat) are sit-down and enjoy non-participatory deals, whereas concerts in small bar and club venues are all about being crazy fans.
I HATE it when the audience claps to the music.
Another mystery solved by RP! (i.e. oh, that song I heard a long time ago & don't know the title & band!)
tiggers wrote:
I am British and I do agree there are some bands that are just so 'typically British' that other parts of the world just won't 'get' them. I put James on the edge of those bands so understand what you mean. For information I think New Order and The Smiths are probably two of the bands that fall most into this category.
I am not at all British and I love all of those bands. British bands are probably far less obscure and hard to get than you might think...
valerie wrote:
Over the course of a day this song fits in with the whole vibe of RP. For me, it's a little to British sounding.
I am British and I do agree there are some bands that are just so 'typically British' that other parts of the world just won't 'get' them. I put James on the edge of those bands so understand what you mean. For information I think New Order and The Smiths are probably two of the bands that fall most into this category.
Ho-Hum = 3 This song is just almost a 3, but I'll give it a 3 for mentioning John Travolta.
Don't know why I originally rated this a 6. Downgraded to 2, and closing in on a 1.
I like the song, but crowd noise always drops it a few points for me. You just have to be there.
Good Grief! I had to get myself up from the counter to come all the way in here to turn this annoying noise down. What the crap.
yea, well I like it
really annoying...
Having apparently missed the whole James thing, "3 – Ho Hum" does it fer me.
There are few bands that I cannot find SOME redeeming value...but James is one.
drmike wrote:
please listen to your listeners and break that record
It has more 7 votes than anything else. The average is a 6.4. People don't seem to hate it that much.
Mack wrote:
I wish I could dance like John Trevolta and live like a dolphin!
HAHAHAHAHAHA
Eul0gy wrote:
The "TRIVE ON CHAOS MELTING OTHER BANDS" detracts from an otherwise very good song...
agreed. terrible intro. fine tune.
Ahh, a reminder what made James great back in the day. The live version is awesome!
sounds like that chick with the big hat - Four Non-Blondes, I think - not my cup of tea.
Even one mediocer song passes if "Live"!!!
drmike wrote:
please listen to your listeners and break that record
Au contrare! James rules.
please listen to your listeners and break that record
Hummm... no melody, poor lyrics... let's forget it.
valerie wrote:
Over the course of a day this song fits in with the whole vibe of RP. For me, it's a little to British sounding.
"to(o) british sounding" for a Chilean. I thought us grotesque Americans cornered the market on such silly comments.
The "TRIVE ON CHAOS MELTING OTHER BANDS" detracts from an otherwise very good song...
trekhead wrote:...Does he say, "We thrive on CAPERS?!?" Xeric wrote:
Chaos. That would be chaos. Not a good sign . . . but so far, so good. . . .
Some people seem to thrive on an overabundance of drama in their lives... can't see how that would be good. Wears me down after a short while. I would rather live on a constant diet of capers.
Angloray wrote:
more James!
yet while I LOVE James, and have all their albums, there really are MUCH better songs out there. This one is a bit weak. Come on, James fans. Let's UPLOAD.
Over the course of a day this song fits in with the whole vibe of RP. For me, it's a little to British sounding.
James! James! I love James! I want more!! More James! Please.
repetitive...repetitive...repetitive
Wretched!
trekhead wrote:
...Does he say, "We thrive on CAPERS?!?"
Chaos. That would be chaos. Not a good sign . . . but so far, so good. . . .
I wish I could dance like John Trevolta and live like a dolphin!
yup, we could use some more james.
i love james! please play more.
more James!