By Tony Sokol
NEW YORK, Nov. 28, 2015 /Daily Offbeat/ -- Wendy James was one of the punk princesses of the late eighties as the lead singer for England's Transvision Vamp. The band's albums Pop Art and Velveteen, from 1988 and 1989, were filled with the raw energy of the next wave.
James, a multi-instrumentalist herself, has been living in New York City for the past few years and put together a band with the seminal leaders of punk. James new album The Price Of The Ticket features legendary guitarist Lenny Kaye, who played with Patti Smith at poetry readings before she even found her band; Glen Matlock, the Sex Pistol who was replaced by Sid Vicious because he admitted he liked the Beatles; and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds drummer Jim Sclavunos.
James dropped the news on PledgeMusic PRESENTS WENDY JAMES' NEW ALBUM, 'The Price Of The Ticket.' Fans who pre-order also get access to exclusive updates, including previews of new tracks, exclusive t-shirts and posters, vinyl bundles, CDs, downloads, gig tickets and signed items. "The Price Of The Ticket" will be available on all formats: LP Vinyl, CD and Digital Download.
"Wendy James' new album 'The Price Of The Ticket' is brave and tender, artful and wild, where courage and the dream of love give promise," raved The Village Voice. "A wild, moving, shocking, hilarious, raging, exhilarating, giant of an album. A dazzling performance that listeners will delight in, it is intelligent, witty, irresistibly relentless and forthright".
Wendy James wrote all the songs on her solo album but covered two cover tracks. 'You're So Great' by Fred 'Sonic' Smith, Patti Smith's husband and the guitarist for the MC5 and Sonic's Rendezvous Band and 'It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)' by Bob Dylan feature backing from James Williamson and Steve Mackay from Iggy and The Stooges and James Sclavunos of The Bad Seeds.
James's first band Transvision Vamp has become an iconic symbol of alt-rock New Wave Garage Rock.
Wendy James will be touring behind the album but will also play some favorites from Transvision Vamp.
After the breakup, James teamed up with Elvis Costello and his wife Cait Riordon, who wrote the Now Ain't the Time for Your Tears in (1992. It didn't sell well, but I bought it being a fan of the vamp and the guitarist with concrete fingers. James followed that up with two solo albums for Cobraside, "Racine" and "I Came Here to Blow Minds."
"So important in the making of 'The Price Of The Ticket' is the encouragement, good will and enthusiasm I am lucky enough to receive from friends and fans alike," James wrote on the <a href="http://www.ple