I was only 3 years old when Jesus and Mary Chain released their debut full length record Psychocandy on Blanco Y Negro, and for most people it was one of the landmark records of their lives. When I first heard it, I knew it was rad, but I didn’t quite get into it until I was a teenager and then I realized that I was a musical idiot and my friends were sooo much cooler for loving the new Limp Bizkit records. (note the sarcasm)
The Jesus and Mary Chain’s debut is listed on so many top 10 lists that it’s impossible for me to describe to you how great they are, because so many people have already done it for me. So what can I even offer up in terms of a review to a record that’s 25 years old?
I’m not even sure.
The album unleashed 3 major singles and eventually would go on to sell big. Obviously, the record first came out on vinyl lp, and was later released on cd, and re-released.
The track listing for this record is as follows:
1. “Just Like Honey” 2. “The Living End” 3. “Taste the Floor” 4. “The Hardest Walk” 5. “Cut Dead” 6. “In a Hole” 7. “Taste of Cindy” 8. “Never Understand” 9. “Inside Me” 10. “Sowing Seeds” 11. “My Little Underground” 12. “You Trip Me Up” 13. “Something’s Wrong” 14. “It’s So Hard” 15. “Some Candy Talking”
The album was recording with Jim Reid, William Reid, Douglas Hart, Bobby Gillespie and a slew of other personnel.
Of all the reviews out there, 90% of them give this record near perfect scores if not perfect scores, and that’s definitely something to look at. When you get this record you get nearly 40 minutes of solid alternative rock. The record sounds a lot like “Echo and the Bunnymen” of sorts, and if you recall “High Fidelity” you’ll remember Jack Black’s character stating the famous line, “What do you mean you don’t have The Jesus and Mary Chain? And you keep complaining about no more Bunnymen records!”
This is one of my personal favorite records from the 80’s and despite their long career of hits and misses, I still find their music quite enjoyable.