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I'm no longer jealous of all the fans that could see you live on stage in the sixties and seventies. Or all the other great bands that I should mention here. For The Brian Jonestown Massacre must have listened to them all and learned what it's all about.
Their musical influences range from the sitar playing Beatles to the psychedelic Stones; from the whining Church to the carefree Monkees; from Spiritualized-at-their-most-cynical to Pink Floyd-taking-themselves-too-seriously.
So, how come the BJM aren't regarded as a veteran rock band yet in spite of their 11 excellent releases? Is it because frontman Anton Newcombe is better remembered for his on-stage antics than for his beautiful songs? Then boycott his concerts but buy his CDs.
'Give it back!' is not the worst one to start with. It has the satirical 'Not If You Were The Last Dandy on Earth' (a reference to Newcombe's friends and enemies, The Dandy Warhols), dreamy 'Super-Sonic' with the nightmarish intro and tambourine-led 'Malela' with the sad lyrics but happy melody, perhaps the most beautiful song on 'Give it back!'. Mick Jagger move over. Your time's up.