Posted in music | tour dates on May 14, 2014

by Bill Pearis


The Jesus & Mary Chain's debut album, Psychocandy, was a gamechanger in the indie world, marrying girl group pop to blistering feedback. (Not that they were totally the first to dabble in this, but they did it more blatantly than anybody else.) It's been imitated so much since it's easy to forget what a landmark album it was at the time. The record turns 30 next year and the Reid Brothers will be celebrating with a short UK tour in November where they'll play the album in full:

11-19 London, England - Troxy
11-20 Manchester, England - Academy
11-21 Glasgow, Scotland - Barrowlands
For those in other parts of the world, fear not. The band say these shows are just the "opening salvo in what threatens to be a host of live onslaughts, festival dates and other special plans from the band in the run-up to Psychocandy's anniversary date next year." (JAMC last played the U.S. in 2012.) The big question here is can they rope original drummer (and now Primal Scream frontman) Bobby Gillespie into playing at these shows. In the meantime, buy your earplugs now.

You can stream Psychocandy in full below, and watch an entirely crazy/hilarious Canadian TV interview with the band from 1985, the days when their egos knew no bounds.

Pitchfork reports that JAMC have signed with Creation Management which is run by onetime Creation Records magnate Alan McGee. Creation put out the Mary Chain's first single, "Upside Down," which not only launched the band's career but helped turn the label from small potatoes business into the one that signed My Bloody Valentine, Primal Scream, Ride, and Oasis. Upside Down is also the name of the very entertaining 2010 documentary about Creation Records that does a great job of charting its very sex, drugs and rock'n'roll rise and fall, with interviews with most of the label's major players and bands. If you've never seen it, it's being screened in NYC at Videology on May 22. Full disclosure: it's part of the monthly "Sound & Vision" series which I host. There are giveaways (including some vintage Creation Records imports and a pass to NYC Popfest) and I'll be spinning Britpop after the screening. It starts at 8 PM and is free and open to the public.

The trailer for Upside Down: The Creation Records Story and a stream of Psychocandy, below...


JAMC - Psychocandy (full album)

The Jesus and Mary Chain - Interview + Live London 1985

Upside Down: The Creation Records Story trailer



Comments (11)

that tv clip is from 'The New Music' which aired on City Tv in Toronto, the interviewer is Daniel Richler, son of Mordecei Richler..

Posted by wono99 | May 14, 2014 3:35 PM

What about Douglas Hart?

Posted by Anonymous | May 14, 2014 3:37 PM

Does this mean they're going to play loud and noisy again? The toned-down nature of their recent shows doesn't really lend itself to some of the album's noisier songs.

Posted by Anonymous | May 14, 2014 4:03 PM

Hands down one of the most important rock albums ever made. But speaking as someone who saw and opened up a gig for JAMC on their Psychocandy tour, they never could do justice to most of those songs live.

Posted by Anonymous | May 14, 2014 4:30 PM

Wondered the same thing, 4:03.

Posted by Anonymous | May 14, 2014 4:34 PM

"marrying girl group pop to blistering feedback" - Really?

Posted by ME | May 14, 2014 4:52 PM

One of the more overrated albums of its time. Can't really get all the hype of what (at least on just the studio version of the album) just sounds like slightly more noisy sections filling in standard pop songs.

Go flame away.

Posted by Anonymous | May 14, 2014 5:06 PM

5:06. I kind of agree. I'm a bigger fan of darklands.

Posted by Anonymous | May 14, 2014 6:20 PM

i also like Darklands more than Psychocandy. (I like Automatic a lot too.) But no doubt Psychocandy inspired a whole slew of bands.


Posted by bill p | May 14, 2014 6:23 PM

I used to work with a girl whose sister married the one brother Reid after he broke up with the Mazzy Star chick. So, um, yeah. That is all.

Posted by Anonymous | May 14, 2014 6:30 PM

psychocandy sounds like a great recording hiding under layers of delibrately bad mixing decisions. Darklands and Automatic is where they hit their mark!

Posted by Anonymous | May 14, 2014 11:39 PM

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