Metal Maniac, Early 2000s
I first met James through punk and metal gigs around Wellington, and got to know him through a shared love of trash pop culture of the 1980's. He had a badass collection of old Bones Brigade skate videos and once started a band (The Axel Foley Experience?) that played only the theme song from Beverly Hills Cop in various genres and styles.
These days he plays guitar in Gaywyre, who sound like classic old school thrash metal. All my friends back home are raving about their show - I get the feeling that James has found his true 80s metal calling.