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5.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL, 22 Sep 2011
This review is from: Darklands (Audio CD)
The expectation that followed Psychocandy was unbearable for fans - never mind the band. This is a truly wonderful LP - William's masterpiece - proof positive that when it comes to delivering a brooding, classic rock n roll album they were peerless. But press naysayers started to grumble - past grudges over bolshy behaviour perhaps limited tv exposure - and the boozy "live" rendition of April Skies on TOTP can't have helped industry acceptance. But fans just loved it - menace, threat and unpredictability on the jumper wearing / and or / coiffured institution that was TOTP. The only reason for watching TOP in the 70s and 80 was in the hope you might get a Stranglers performance amid the dross. Roll on JAMC.

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5.0 out of 5 stars THANK GOD FOR JESUS, 19 Sep 2011
This review is from: Psychocandy (Audio CD)
The Jesus and Mary Chain offered the only significant respite to the terminal state of popular music in the 1980s and almost single handedly brought a resurgence to the whole dire scene. While the Smiths were wailing on the moor tops, people who liked the JAMC wanted to hear the sound of breaking glass to the revving of motorcycle engines . For a variety of reasons including an increasingly self absorbed music press it never really happened for them (whatever "it" is) and all the glorious melody, gleeful abandon, anarchy, threat and reworking of those rich primal seams of rock n' roll were only to be enjoyed by a relative few at the time. Hugely undervalued and underrated all albums are superb - the worst of the Mary Chain was always miles better than the best of everyone else. What was the Orson Welles quote about starting at the top and working his way down after Citizen Kane? This 3 disc set bristles with an excitement that the corporate music industry cannot manufacture and with career spanning appearances on The Old Grey Whistle Test, Top Of The Pops to Jools Holland they really looked looked like they meant it. If this album put some fire into your adolescence - buy it for your children before they start pestering you for the Smiths box set.
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Never Kill A Secret EP [12" VINYL]
Never Kill A Secret EP [12" VINYL]

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1.0 out of 5 stars Nice record - shame about the label, 8 April 2011
Having read a positive magazine review of this ep and having loved the band in its heyday I gave the vinyl EP a shot on the basis (from the review) that it also came with a mp3 code. I bought a copy of the ep from both Amazon and HMV neither of which came with a code. Sadly all attempts to reach Fortuna Records have gone without a single reply - and it's been a while. Maybe the self styled "el presidente" of Fortuna Records is down the pub drinking the royalties as fast as they come in...but vinyl buyers beware that the mp3 codes are nowhere to be found!!!
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The Faber Book of Pop
The Faber Book of Pop
by Jon Savage
Edition: Paperback

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1.0 out of 5 stars The Faber Book Of PAP, 15 Nov 2010
This review is from: The Faber Book of Pop (Paperback)
"Charting the course of pop from its underground origins, through its low and high-art phases" goes the blurb....Don't believe a word of it. A look at the artist's index at the back is revealing by it's omissions. This rambling walk on the blind side can't even muster a word on The Jesus & Mary Chain, perhaps one of the most influential bands on the UK scene in the last 35 years. Maybe these writers were too wrapped up in the "now sounds" of Frankie Goes To Hollywood, trawling the salons of north London for the low down on the UK music scene. The 1978 Mekon's track "Never Been In A Riot" could have have been a spring board for some lively discussion, but the clueless self pleasuring of this tome suggests these two have never even been in a food fight. If you have a copy and give it away you won't be thanked for it. RECYCLE OR DESTROY.

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