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The natural successor to Joy Division and the Bunnymen,
This review is from: 21 Singles (Audio CD)
This is the first best-of compilation for the brothers Reid and it really is about as simple as the title indicates. The 21 singles they released between 1984 and 1998, sequenced in the order of their release. And it works like a treat, it's fantastic stuff. If you never bought another JAMC album, you'd still have an excellent overview of the band's career just from this disc.
The Jesus & Mary Chain came screaming out of East Kilbride, Scotland, in 1984, comprised then of William & Jim Reid, Douglas Hart and Bobby Gillespie. The last-named soon buggered off to focus on his then nascent side-project Primal Scream.
Their early live performance were notable short 30 mins and played with backs turned to the audience, and were accredited as being the shortest, most violent rock gigs ever, and provided a suitably primitive back beat to the hellish sounds and images conjured out of their guitars..Copyiest of the time like Birdland (From the USA) paled into insignificance and were easily forgotten.
After the fairly full-bore assault, they lowered the feedback to less brain-destroying levels and revealed a sort of pop sensibility buried beneath the noise and distortion and was perfected in 1987.with the album. A sort of Phil Sector Wall of Sound meets Bunnymen/ Velvet Underground with a small touch of Californian surf mixed in for good measure. The quality of these sounds is unmistakable and can reduce a grown man to tears
21 Singles puts conveniently displays the bitter sweetness almost beautiful sounds of one of the finest bands to come out of the UK.
Sadly the band may be no more, but meanwhile we're left with bands like Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and the Ravonettes doing an admittedly not bad impression of them..
We can even hear glimpses of inspiration plagiarised from JAMC in the over rated Glasvagas