"Chain Mail" is a single by Mancunian band James, released in March 1986 by Sire Records, the first after the band defected from Factory Records. The record was released in two different versions, as 7" single and 12" EP, with different artworks by John Carroll and, confusingly, under different names. The 12" version was released as "Sit Down, three songs by... James", even though it did not contain the later James hit, Sit Down, which in 1986 hasn't been written yet. The only difference between the two versions musically was the inclusion of the song "Uprising" on the 12" version. Neither song made it onto James's debut album, Stutter, although live versions of "Chain Mail" and "Hup-Springs" were later included in the live album One Man Clapping.

Band line up

Track listing

7" single:

  1. "Chain Mail"
  2. "Hup-Springs" 12" EP:
  3. "Chain Mail"
  4. "Uprising"
  5. "Hup-Springs"

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