THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN – Debut Masterpiece ‘PSYCHOCANDY’ Came Out 35 Years Ago Today

18 November 2020

Band: THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN (Scotland)
Active: 1983–1999, 2007–present

Album: PSYCHOCANDY
Released: 18 November 1985 – 35 years ago today
Score: #31 in the UK

AllMusic/Ned Raggett: “Arguably Psychocandy is an album with one trick and one trick alone — Beach Boys melodies meet Velvet Underground feedback and beats, all cranked up to ten and beyond, along with plenty of echo. However, what a trick it is… What the Reids sing about — entirely interchangeable combinations regarding girls, sex, drugs, speed, and boredom in more or less equal measure — is nothing compared to the perfectly disaffected way those sentiments are delivered. Bobby Gillespie’s “hit the drums and then hit them again” style makes Moe Tucker seem like Neil Peart, but arguably in terms of sheer economy he doesn’t need to do any more.”
Score: 5/5.

Turn Up The Volume: Fuzz and buzz pop at its best. Amen.

Singles: Never Understand / You Trip Me Up / Just Like Honey

– NEVER UNDERSTAND –

– YOU TRIP ME UP –

– JUST LIKE HONEY –

Full album…
(#1 – #14)

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‘JUST LIKE HONEY’ By THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN Released 35 Years Ago

Top singles from the past…

11 September 2020

Band: The Jesus And Mary Chain (Scotland)
Active: 1983–1999, 2007–present
Single: Just Like Honey

Released: 11 September 1985 – 35 years ago
Score: #45 in the UK
Album: Psychocandy

“I’ll be your plastic toy
I’ll be your plastic toy
For you
Eating up the scum
Is the hardest thing for
Me to do”

Let’s go…

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Great Tribute To A Great Band – Irish Sensation FONTAINES D.C. Covers THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN…

16 May 2020

Young Irish rockers FONTAINES D.C. who hit the music scene sensationally with their blistering debut album Dogrel joined the countless artists making and sharing music
from their homes.

They picked the musing title track of The Jesus And Mary Chain‘s 1987 Darklands
album. Their version is sensitive, intimate, and dreamy with frontman Grian Chatten
really singing instead of sneering with his characteristic parlando vocals and, wow,
he has a truly affecting voice. Wistful top cover. A great tribute to a great band.

The cover

The original version…

THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN Released ‘YOU TRIP ME UP’ 35 Years Ago…

Top singles from the past…

6 May 2020

Band: The Jesus And Mary Chain
From East Kilbride, Scotland
Active: 1983–1999, 2007–present
Single: You Trip Me Up
Written by brothers William and Jim Reid
B-side: Just A Reach
Label: Blanco y Negro Records
Released: May 1985 – 35 years ago
Album: Psychocandy 
The band’s groundbreaking debut LP

Here’s the original clip

Early thrashing feedback version – live in Belgium

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35 Years Ago THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN Released Their Single ‘NEVER UNDERSTAND’

Top singles from the past…

11 February 2020

Band: The Jesus And Mary Chain
(with Primal Scream’s frontman Bobby Gillespie on drums)
Single: Never Understand 
B-side: Suck
Released: 11 February 1985
Album: Psychocandy – debut album
Score: The single peaked at #47 in the UK
and was NME’s single of the year

Here’s the original video clip…

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