James ‎– Sit Down

Rough Trade ‎– RTT 225
Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM, Single


A Sit Down 8:31
B1 Goin' Away 2:07
B2 Sound Investment 3:33
B3 Sky Is Falling 3:32

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Track times not listed on release.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 5 014644 202251
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, hand-etched): RTT 225 A1 Townhouse MPO
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, hand-etched): RTT 225 B1 Townhouse MPO
  • Label Code: LC 5661

Other Versions (5 of 6) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
K899, RT 225 James Sit Down(7", Single, Ltd) Rough Trade, Rough Trade, Festival Records, Festival Records K899, RT 225 Australia 1989 Sell This Version
RT 225 James Sit Down(7", Single) Rough Trade RT 225 UK 1989 Sell This Version
RT 225 James Sit Down(7", Single) Rough Trade RT 225 Ireland 1989 Sell This Version
RTT 225 CD James Sit Down(CD, Mini, Single) Rough Trade RTT 225 CD UK 1989 Sell This Version
RTT 225 James Sit Down(12", W/Lbl) Rough Trade RTT 225 UK 1989 Sell This Version


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February 23, 2019

great this was the original release of the song which was released in the summer of 1989

it is less guitar driven than the later release of 91
its more alternative Rock meets brit pop

the later one is alternative rock

reached only #77 on the UK CHARTS but charted as a re release with different instrumentation at #2 on the UK Charts and sold 1 million copies there

the original one sold 25,000 copies total


December 18, 2008
If Ever Their Was A Anthem For The Students Of Any Uni Back In The Day Or Now Come To That Matter Well This Is That Record ,
There wasn’t much that could assuage the non-stop dancing during the baggy days of Madchester. But James could. When DJs spun their single “Sit Down” in 1989, ravers did just that. But it would be two years before the rest of the world was humming its catchy hook And Getting Played In Such Club Like The Hacienda In Manchester,
originally released on Rough Trade in 1989, reaching no 85 And Two years later, Sit Down spent four weeks at no 2, kept off top spot by Chesney Hawkes "The One And Only".

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