James Slams 'Sober And Serious' Music Industry
BLUR star ALEX JAMES is glad he found fame in the fun 1990s, because the music industry today is too "sober and serious".
The group released debut album Leisure in 1991 and dominated the charts throughout the decade before embarking on a hiatus in 1999.
The rockers released their last studio record, Think Tank, in 2003 before reuniting to stage a string of shows last year (09) - and James admits he was shocked by how the music industry has changed since Blur were at the height of their fame.
He's convinced current musicians suffer more scrutiny from fans and the media - and is adamant the 1990s was the best time to be in a band.
He tells Britain's The Sun, "It was a great time to be famous. You could go out and get lashed (drunk) and behave in an appalling manner without anyone really caring or taking your photograph.
"Those in the public eye are scrutinised much more now - not just by the media, by the public as well. I was talking to the drummer from a new band the other day. He says it's not fun being a rock star any more. If you sleep with a groupie then they're on the fan sites the next day discussing your performance.
"The world has become more sober and serious. It was bound to happen eventually but the party was great while it lasted."