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Editors’ Notes

If the Jesus and Mary Chain were able to parlay the media hype surrounding their early singles into a decade and a half long career as dorm room darlings it is largely because of the mind boggling sonic innovations of their debut album, Psychocandy, and the cult of adoring noise-pop merchants that sprung up in its wake. Certainly the melancholic textures of later Jesus and Mary Chain offerings like Darklands and Honey’s Dead hold a respectable place in the band’s body of work, but it's the feedback strewn pop narcosis of “Just Like Honey” and the distanced cool of “Never Understand” that launched hundreds of imitators, and inspired future greats like J. Mascis and Kevin Shields to take the innovations of Psychocandy a few steps further. Even though Psychocandy made noise-damaged pop excessively fashionable, none of its imitators have yet equaled it. Listening to the record today one does not hear the hyper-confrontational group once trumpeted in the UK press as the new avatars of noise-rock. Instead one hears a self-assured group of dedicated amateurs carefully juxtaposing dissonance against harmony and finding musical transcendence in the process.

Customer Reviews

And still

Sounds as beautiful today as it did 20 years ago. Once my mother walked up behind me while I was listening to it full volume on headphones. Tapped my shoulder and asked, "Have you been listening to a record of bacon frying?"

Okay, this is one of the greatest of all indie rock albums!

Anyone interested in post punk pop must get this. But be careful this music will make you crazy... in a very subtle and fierce way- seriously. With that being said; drink a bottle of scotch, break up with your girlfriend/boyfriend, grab your mates, tear up and then burn down the town to this album. Then, wake up, get rid of it and change your life for the better- cheers!

Lush and Rich Guitar Pop

Lyrics on love, both gained and lost, hidden in a forest of lush guitars and deep vocals. The J&M Chain's signature guitar sound drives each of these songs as they reverberate in your ears. Not-so-obvious lyrics please those who enjoy being intellectually challenged in their music. Psychocandy is the essential J&M Chain album to start your collection with.


Formed: 1984 in Glasgow, Scotland

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Like the Velvet Underground, their most obvious influence, the chart success of the Jesus and Mary Chain was virtually nonexistent, but their artistic impact was incalculable; quite simply, the Scottish group made the world safe for white noise, orchestrating a sound dense in squalling feedback which served as an inspiration to everyone from My Bloody Valentine to Dinosaur Jr. Though the supporting players drifted in and out of focus, the heart of the Mary Chain remained vocalists and guitarists...
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