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Barbed Wire Kisses [CD]

Jesus & Mary Chain Audio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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Biography by Jason Ankeny

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 British 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 ... Read more in Amazon's Jesus & Mary Chain Store

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  • Audio CD (18 April 1988)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Warner
  • ASIN: B000025ZUL
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,222 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Kill Surf City
2. Head
3. Rider
4. Hit
5. Don't Ever Change
6. Just Out Of Reach
7. Happy Place
8. Psycho Candy
9. Sidewalking
10. Who Do You Love
11. Surfin' USA
12. Everything's Alright When You're Down
13. Upside Down
14. Taste Of Cindy
15. Swing
16. On The Wall / F Hole
17. Cracked
18. Here It Comes Again
19. Mushroom
20. Bo Diddley Is Jesus

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Teenage boredom and substance abuse are often the twin ingredients of rock & roll excess, and the Jesus & Mary Chain's druggy ballads and feral, snarling wall of feedback worship at that altar. This collection of early releases, demos and out-takes captures the starkness of the Velvet Underground, the viciousness of Sonic Youth and the simplistic pop craft of 60s girl groups. It's a hostile landscape with a sticky-sweet melodic core oozing through the blitzkrieg noise; rough and ready rock & roll with extra textures and frisson of pop joining the party. These songs wear sunglasses at night, smoke high-tar cigarettes and hang out on street corners sneering at passers-by with supercilious disdain. --Ben Clancy

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Storming 20-track set of B-sides, cover versions and rarities from 1984 to 1987! Includes "Sidewalking", plus reworkings of Bo Diddley and Beach Boys classics.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty essential 29 Jun 2002
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Format:Audio CD
There's two major omissions, the cover of Vic Goddard/Subway Sect's classic 'Ambition', from the 'Never Understand' 12" & 'Vegetable Man', another cover (Syd Barrett), the b-side of the Creation released call to arms 'Upside Down'. These two are amongst the best the early (and best) Mary Chain had to offer.
There are some fantastic moments - the amphetamine beach boys rush of 'Surfin' USA' & 'Kill Surf City' and the post blues slash and burn on 'Who do you love' & 'Bo Diddley is Jesus' are fine illustrations that for all their willingness to embrace experimentation and their ability to shock and revile, the Mary Chain were at their best a well honed rock and roll band. Motown rhythms, Spector-esque wall of sound, surf breaks, 60's hooks and pop melodies, the Mary Chain were a re-invention of the best of pop of ages.
Re-invigorating lost classic genres - motorbike songs in 'Rider' & 'The Living End' (from the debut album 'Psychocandy'), are 'Leader of the Pack' from the point of view of the soon to be dead leather clad hero.
There are nods to krautrock, versions of Can's 'Mushroom' and the Darklands (2nd LP) era stuff 'Swing', 'On the Wall' and Velvets style noise in 'Cracked' & 'Head' and over 20 tracks you get a great snapshot of their first half decade.
The later albums got patchier, but the blueprint of their soundchange from noiseniks to avant-rock is well documented here, essentially the journey from 'Upside down' to 'Sidewalking'.
And for those who think they never wrote tunes, check out the acoustic version of 'Taste of Cindy', the gorgeous ' Psychcandy' and the pure pop thrill of 'Everything's alright when you're down'.
Buy the debut album fisrt, then this or 'Darklands'.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great! 2 Oct 2002
Format:Audio CD
This album has the b-sides from the Mary Chains first couple of albums. Its worth the price alone to hear Upside Down their fist single and possibly the least commercial, most angry and distorted record ever released. Has a great cover of Can's Musroom recorded live in Germany too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A piece of history! 19 Jan 2014
Format:Audio Cassette|Verified Purchase
A really piece of History! I've got the vinyl to! I just love Jesus and Mary Chain! One of my favourites!
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5.0 out of 5 stars 3*?? Really? 4 Aug 2012
Format:Audio CD
Okay, so this is a compilation and not a rounded studio album. I'll also concede that there's a lot of crazy stuff on there. BUT there are some total gems that make this album well worth looking at. Two next to each other that come to mind are "Swing" and the Demo of "on the wall" - far better than the other version in my view. I have actually owned this since it came out and have listened to it a good deal more than Psychocandy or Darklands.
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2 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars For fans only 29 Dec 2003
Format:Audio CD
I love JAMC, they're one of my favourite bands, but this compilation of rarities and B-Sides left me feeling a bit underwhelmed.
Their first single, 'Upside Down' created a storm on its release, and it's not hard to see why, with its swathes of feedback and distorted vocals. This song alone is justfication for buying the album if you have an interest in the British indie scene of the mid 80s.
There's not really a great deal here otherwise. Future single 'Sidewalking' is only OK, while 'Kill Surf City' wouldn't have been out of place on 'Psychocandy'.
It's worth giving a mention to the cover of 'Surfin' USA', which brilliantly brutalizes the Beach Boys classic, and also the stripped-down acoustic version of 'Taste of Cindy', which shows a softer side to the Reid brothers, though is still black as coal lyrically. 'Cracked' is curious in that it is not especially listenable, but lyrically consists of little but thinly disguised obsceneties, a la the Sex Pistols.
In short, this album is not for the faint of heart, but probably essential if you call yourself a fan.
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