Sclavunos, memorably described in the pages of The Wire as an
“infamous elegant degenerate” , has been a key player
in Nick Cave’s illustrious Bad Seeds since 1994. During
that time, James has also forged his own musical ensemble, The
Vanity Set and their acclaimed debut album, The Vanity Set, is
now available in the US.
Native New Yorker James has long been a prime mover on the city’s
vibrant underground music scene, helping to kick start the vital
No Wave revolution (in Teenage Jesus & the Jerks & Eight
Eyed Spy), before playing with such flaming hellions as Sonic
Youth and The Cramps .