I will pass through the glass in to air past those birds,
in the square I am sun, I am sky. 

What For.

Sleeve #30 (Reworked with the same model)

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World Cup France-Brazil day : "Allez les bleues". Isabelle C. stars this reworked version of "What For". Almost two years after their last release, "Somewhere between Stutter and second album Strip-mine there’s a shift of emphasis towards a more commercial approach. Nowhere is this more evident than “What for”, a number 90 hit in the spring of 1988 and the band’s fifth single and a striking uptempo pop song – far more commercial than any previous offerings. As reported Tim Booth for the Sire Promo : « What For is about somebody trying to uplift themselves. In Manchester, there’s this big town centre and every evening before the sun goes down these birds, these starlings, start circling overhead, flying in almost hieroglyphic formations, a really spectacular site, really beautiful, especially in the middle of a dirty smelly city to see these beautiful formations and it’s really uplifting. And the song is kind of about this guy who’s really down, he’s trying not to think about his worries and newspapers and everything he reads, he looks up and sees this beautiful sight and thinks “What For, tell me, tell me what for” ». When What For was finally released in March 1988, it was more of a relief than anything else. Sire had finally relented after blocking any James release for almost eighteen months. More information about the project here : www.weallarejames.com #strip-mine #stripmine #weallarejames #jamestheband #sleeves #design #art #graphicdesign #virtualsleeve #artwork #artworks

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