Joined: 5 Sep 2009
DATE OF BIRTH: 13/9/83
FAVOURITE SUBJECT: MUSIC
Two words to describe James : Michael + Jackson
He is a sometimes weirdly obsessed fan of "The King Of Pop". There is probably never three
hours have gone by since I've known him that his name has not cropped up.
James has recently discovered the power of premonition and insists that he's not making it
up. So far he has only said that someone had got a new hair cut. He is a big fan of Jaffa
Cakes. James is literally one in a million. You will never meet anyone like him. He picks
his nose until it bleeds and loves M&M's.
I think James must be the only person I know that can go to bed at 10pm and get up at 4pm
the following day. He also manages to make every toilet he goes into look like a sess pit
and regularly manages to leave the water in the sink , and the lid off the toothpaste.
However, JB is undoubtedly going to be the next Max Martin as he seems to be able to rack
out a tune every single day. Somehow he manages to make me piss myself with his Jim Carey
impressions and is able to do an American accent better than most Americans.
DATE OF BIRTH: 08/05/83
FAVOURITE SUBJECT: Biology
Two words to describe Matt are:
I have known Matt a while now and have spent the best part of the last two years with him.
He has an open mind to all music genres, except for hard house! He plays Bass, Guitar and
He likes to think of himself as a bit of a skateboarder but he can't do any tricks yet! He
has recently developed an obsession with Jakki Deg who is a page three bird for those of
you who don't know!
Matt is the only one out of the whole band who knows how to operate the dishwasher and the
washing machine and tidies up the most. His favourite past time is partying and he hates
smiling in photographs.
His most prized possession is his 1964 "Modded to the nuts" Lambretta. He is not a big fan
of Jaffa Cakes!
On the whole, Matt is a generous and extremely polite British citizen, especially to the
elderly! Matt likes to take each day as it comes and always looks both ways before
crossing the road. He dreams one day of writing a song with Blink 182 and loves chinese
food. "It's the dung pung chicken."
Now what can I say about MJ? Hmmm - Knob Head !
Only joking, Matt is what I guess you could call an all mighty party animal, he never
seems to want to go to sleep, I don't think there's a time when he doesn't want to go out
clubbing. MJ's quick wit seems to leave everyone, let's say, slightly amused.
Me & James both have to give credit to Matt though because he is the one that usually ends
up having to clean everything away - hooray for MJ!
DATE OF BIRTH: 7/6/85
FAVOURITE SUBJECT: P.E.
Two words - Rushed and Posh
" Don't you know his brother plays rugger with Prince Will !
(wot wot) "
Charlie's only other job was being a model, well he was for about 4 days until he grew
impatient with it. Have I mentioned how impatient he is? He also is petrified of anything
fish like in any way, even the smell can make him wanna chuck. Apparently it's because of
there "Gulpy faces". Charlie is a true "Legend" and I've never known someone with so much
knowledge of rock music. If anyone wants to get him a present, anything "Nickelback" would
be very much appreciated, he'll love that. Charlie is a cool guy who loves long walks and
the country road.
Two words to describe Charlie are:
1. Impatient 2. Clumsy
If he is not spilling orange juice over the television, he is on the phone booking driving
lessons into every last minute of his spare time, as he is in a mad rush to start driving!
However, he is undisputedly the best drummer I've seen in real life, and his favourite
band are the Deftones. Charlie has been playing in bands since the age of eleven, and
plays drums, bass, guitar, and piano to a good standard.
Charlie has many habits which I've learnt to get used to after three months of living with
him. One of them is leaving finished cereal around the house with the left overs dried up
and stuck to the inside of the bowl. This is "absolutely rancid" as he would describe it
Another one of Charlie's weird habits is that he adds "age" on the end of certain words,
such as "mate". This has proved to be infectious as we now greet each other by saying "Ahh
matage, what's up?".
He is by far the best spoken member of the band and continues to live up to his squeaky
clean public school boy image. Oh, and he hates fish! SHOCKER !!!
With a Number One single, a double platinum album and a sold-out UK tour under their
belts, Busted have established themselves as one of the most important chart acts in the
UK. And if this all seems to have happened quickly, it has: while it might seem difficult
to imagine the charts without them Busted's debut single was released in September 2002.
Thing is, the story goes back a little further than last summer…
Mattie Jay, 20 grew up in Surrey on the border of East Molesey and West Molesey, just
where the West bit goes posh, and the East bit goes working class. His early years were a
catalogue of broken bones and tree-climbing - not totally unrelated - and by his early
teens his older brother's record collection was informing his own musical tastes. At the
age of 13 he managed to win himself, much to his neighbours' disgruntlement, a full-size
drum kit, and formed a Green Day covers band with a couple of mates. One night, while on
holiday with his parents Mattie was coerced into a karaoke contest: one rendition of
'Don't Look Back In Anger' later he'd been spotted by someone whose eye for a budding
popstar eventually led Mattie to meet a music management team. They suggested he get
together with a guy called James Bourne.
As it happened, James and Matt already knew each other. They'd met a few times at
auditions and gigs, and writing sessions soon took shape at James' parents house in
Southend. James had been obsessed with music since he first laid eyes on Michael Jackson,
and still maintains that seeing the King Of Pop on his 'Dangerous' tour was one of the
most important moments of his life. When he was 17, James had chucked in a music
technology course at a local college in order to actually pursue a career as a musician,
having laid the groundwork in his teenage band Sic (sic) Puppy, whom he formed with
friends at the age of twelve. James brought a smart, pop sensibility to Matt's punky
background, drawing on his love of Swedish uber-producer Max Martin as a cue for some of
the poppier moments in the Busted catalogue. But you can't have a band with two members,
so Mattie and James placed an ad for a third member in the NME.
Flicking through the NME live ads one afternoon was a 16-year-old Ipswich boy by the name
of Charlie Simpson. When he passed the audition - Mattie and James still say there was no
competition - Charlie found Busted to be a slight change of direction. Through his
early-to-mid teens he'd been more at home behind a set of drums, in bands going under
names like FUBAR. But if it's good for the Grohl it's good for the Simpson, and before
long Charlie's role as one of the trio's three frontmen was cast in stone. Where James
brings the pop to the Busted table, Charlie throws in his encyclopedic and sometimes
terrifying knowledge of the alternative world, from global acts like The Deftones and
Jimmy Eat World to the output of tiny indie labels like Fierce Panda and Chemikal
Underground. Charlie recently bought his first Porsche, and has yet to receive a parking
The band demo'd and recorded dozens of tracks in London's Brick Lane, in a dodgy studio
with a leaky roof. James, Charlie and Matt were determined to get the sound right - they'd
written these songs themselves, and wanted to make sure the songs which had been in their
heads all these years made a good transition to CD. They needn't have worried: the punk
pop sound of the Brick Lane sessions perfectly complemented the band's music and after
signing to Universal Island at the start of 2002 chose 'What I Go To School For' - an
infectious, Blink-182 style homage to extra-curricular rumpo and one of the songs they'd
performed acoustically when touring record labels in search of a deal - as a first single.
The single drew in rave reviews everywhere from Smash Hits ("Crashing guitars,
head-bopping beat and a catchy chorus make this a sure-fire winner") to NME ("Big-balled,
big-chorused, big-eyebrowed… Ace."), and debuted at Number 3 on September 23, 2002.
Wondering what the real Miss Mackenzie made of the whole thing? She's very flattered, she
says, but she doesn't like to talk about it. So now you know.
Released two weeks later, Busted's debut album established the band as that rare breed: a
pop act not afraid to rock out, and a rock band not afraid to embrace the finer points of
pop. Once again, the reviews spoke for themselves. The Times were impressed by its "catchy
punk-pop tunes with a sense of humour", Q went for the "inspired one-liners and clever
gimmicks", and Smash Hits concluded that the boys were "set to kick some boyband butt
[with this] rock-inspired masterpiece." But it didn't go double platinum overnight, and
its beginnings were rather modest. 'Busted' debuted in the Top 40, but swiftly disappeared
from view and spent a few weeks meandering around outside the Top 100. Gradually, however,
the album began to thrive on good word of mouth and by the time second single, 'Year
3000', was announced the album was back in the charts, eventually nesting in the Top 10
for months on end. To date the album has sold over 600,000 copies in the UK alone.
'Year 3000' came next - released in January with a syper-stylized, Roger Rabbit-esque
video propelling us forward into the next millennium with some nifty live footage from a
special shoot at London's Garage. The track stormed the Top 5 in January 2003, going one
better than 'What I Go To School For' by romping in at Number 2, and bringing the world of
mathematics to its knees. "When we wrote it," James explains, "we knew that 'great great
great granddaughter' didn't actually work over the period of 1000 years. We did rather
hope people would get the gist though - it's not literal! Like 'Walking On Sunshine' isn't
actually about walking on the Sun, because you'd die."
In May, to tie in with their third single 'You Said No (Crash & Burn)', the band set off
on their first UK tour. Being a Busted tour it was always going to be a bit different, but
the audiences (teenage, but with a respectable showing of adults attending of their own
accord) found a pop show like nothing they'd ever seen. Partly because it came with none
of the costume changes, backing dancers, special effects and seen-it-beforeness of your
average pop spectacle. But mainly because it wasn't really a pop show at all: just the
boys and their band, and a string of tunes taking on a whole new personality in the live
arena. Matt's trousers defied gravity, James moonwalked and, on the penultimate night,
Charlie smashed his guitar. During the course of the tour 'You Said No' gave Busted their
first Number One - making them the first act in UK chart history to have their first three
singles hit Number 3, then 2, then 1.
Last summer, the fourth and final track to be lifted from 'Busted' was 'Sleeping With The
Lights On'. The end of the 'Busted' story takes us back to the beginning of the Busted
story: it's the first song James and Mattie ever wrote together, round at James' house in
Southend. "Girl's left you," James summarises. "Classic excuse for writing a song." Mattie
adds that sleeping with the lights on is "useful if you come in pissed. Put the lights on,
keep one hand touching the floor, and it stops the room spinning."
Now, with a best selling book, a sold out arena tour, a brand new album `A Present For
Everyone' and yet another smash hit single in the shape of Crashed The Wedding' Busted are
hotter than Mattie's pants. 'A Present for Everyone' once again, was written by the band
themselves. A lot of work was done during the course of their tour, and the successor to
'Busted' is a clear progression in the lads' songwriting capabilities without jettisoning
any of the cheek, style, humour or spunk that made them so unique.
In less than a year, Busted have smashed the mould of pop. They are one of the defining
new acts of the past five years; treating pop audiences with the respect they
deserve, selling their music without selling out their musical beliefs. Busted are the