Determined to continue despite the setbacks, the band set up studio in Baynton-Power's house.Related content, origin of James, middle English Jame(s) Old French Vulgar Latin *Jacomus, for *Jacobus, alteration of Late Latin Jacbus.4 It led to the band providing the support for The Smiths between February and April 1985 on the Meat is Murder tour.

The album Gold Mother was intended to be released on Rough Trade but the owner of the label, Geoff Travis, believed James could only reach an audience of 20,000 to 30,000.Booth suffered a neck injury while dancing on stage in the US, resulting in a series of tour dates being cancelled as he underwent emergency surgery, and the band being offered a place instead on the Lollapalooza tour.

The album reached number 1 in the UK Albums Chart, 4 and sell-out tours throughout the year followed.4 Gold Mother was re-released to include "Sit Down" and previous single "Lose Control and the album sold ten times more copies than Travis originally predicted.