The Jesus and Mary Chain: Barbed Wire Kisses by Zoe HoweMusically, culturally and even in terms of sheer attitude, the Jesus and Mary Chain stand alone. Their seminal debut album Psychocandy changed the course of popular music, and their iconic blend of psychotic white noise and darkly surreal lyrics that presaged the shoegaze movement continues to enchant and confound.
Zoe Howes biography is the fierce, frank and funny tale of the Jesus and Mary Chain, told by the band members and their associates for the very first time. The story begins in the faceless town of East Kilbride, near Glasgow, at the dawn of the 1980s with two intense, chronically shy brothers, Jim and William Reid, listening to music in their shared bedroom. What follows charts an unforgettable journey complete with incendiary live performances, their pivotal relationship with Alan McGees Creation Records and those famous fraternal tensions—with plenty of feedback, fighting, and crafting perfect pop music along the way.
It is high time this vastly influential group and sometime public enemy had their say.
The Jesus and Mary Chain
Half of the songs on Sunny Side Down date to early and the Are the Mary Chain back to releasing more new albums and touring as We'll e- mail you with an estimated delivery date as soon as we have more information. Your account By November , the first Psychocandy shows were underway. We gave Jim a call while he was at home to talk about the Chain's return to Fighting, reuniting and 'Psychocandy': The Jesus and Mary
Originally called The Poppy Seeds, and then Death of Joey, they initially told journalists that they had taken their eventual name from a line in a Bing Crosby film, although six months later they admitted that this wasn't true.
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Just when you think time has mellowed the once notorious Jesus and Mary Chain lead singer Jim Reid, 54, he comes out with a reminder of his former prickliness: "If you don't know the Jesus and Mary Chain and you're coming along [to see them live in Sydney], you're probably a bit of a halfwit. A tad harsh, perhaps, as the Scottish buzz-saw pop outfit benefited from musical cherrypicking by curious later generations as much as any band. But the smackdown isn't surprising. Provocation has been a key part of the Mary Chain's tool kit since its inception in , which was funded by father Jimmy's redundancy payout from Caterpillar trucks. But he came back and we were just sitting in our room with a weird [studio recording] machine. We were set to f things up somehow, it's just the way we are.
Like mad scientists, the brothers would concoct formulas of noisy, effects-driven scores to accompany lyrics of angst and discontent. The bands unique sound would make them a crucial part of any nutritious musical diet, with later groups including Nirvana and My Bloody Valentine tipping their hat to the incredible outputs of The Brothers Reid and cohorts. And it wasn't Satan I was hearing through that clock-radio speaker. The Mary Chain are still here, and they're here to stay. We are building on our offering with new In-depth Engaged Journalism platform - thedig. Find more from Metropolis Touring on InfoPages.