BLUR STAR GETS MIND WARPED

NME.COM can reveal that a newly-cropped Alex James will be fondling bass for the '80s rockers...

BLUR’S ALEX JAMES will join cult ’80s band ZODIAC MINDWARP AND THE LOVE REACTION when they reform at LONDON 333 CLUB on Thursday (December 7).

As revealed yesterday (December 4) in this week’s issue of NME, James, who was trying to keep his appearance secret until he appeared on stage, has now confirmed he will play bass with the band when the Zodiacs play their comeback gig at the Christmas party for literary magazine The Idler at the venue.

This week’s NME, dated December 9, is out a day early because of a free 16-page Internet guide in the issue.

James, a contributor to The Idler, agreed to help out as a favour to friend and fellow Idler writer Mark Manning, aka Zodiac himself.

A spokesperson for James told NME: “He’s a big fan of the band anyway, so when Mark said they were short of a bass player, he leapt at the chance ‘cos it’ll be a laugh. Alex says Zodiac invented Guns N’ Roses.”

She added that Alex would also be revealing a new haircut after getting rid of his trademark floppy locks. Apparently, the indie style-setter has had a fierce number two clip.

As previously reported on NME.COM when we revealed the band were reforming for the gig, Zodiac Mindwarp leapt to a certain level of fame when they hit Number 18 with ‘Prime Mover’ in 1987. It’s not yet known who else will figure in the reformed band line-up – previous members, on occasions, have included the KLF’s Jimmy Cauty and Bill Drummond, along with the likes of Boom Boom Kamboomski, Cobalt Stargazer and Kid Chaos.

Tickets for the gig are available via [url=]www.idler.co.uk at £5 each.

Check back to NME.COM later today for more Blur and Alex James news – EXCLUSIVE to NME.COM.