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East Kilbride, Glasgow, Scotland (1983 – 1998, 2007 – present)

The Jesus and Mary Chain are a Scottish band that revolves around the songwriting partnership of brothers Jim Reid and William Reid. From East Kilbride, Glasgow, Scotland, the JAMC released a constant string of albums, singles and EPs until their demise in 1998. Having influenced many and bands, the group finally reunited in 2007. The initial line-up, formed in 1983, was augmented by bassist Douglas Hart and drummer Bobby Gillespie. Gillespie played standing up in the manner of The Velvet Underground’s Maureen “Moe” Tucker.

JAMC’s early gigs have become the stuff of legend in underground circles. Playing in front of small audiences, the band earned their notoriety by playing very short gigs, some lasting no more than ten minutes and consisting of a constant wall of feedback and distortion. The group became know as well for playing with their backs to the audience and refusing to speak to them. Many shows culminated with the Reids trashing their equipment, which was often followed by the audience rioting. All of this delighted manager and Creation Records boss Alan McGee, who obviously found it very easy to get attention for the band, as well as aliened more commercially-minded music business figures.

Their debut single, “Upside Down”, came out in 1984 on Creation, but they signed to the WEA-backed Blanco Y Negro the following year. Said label released their debut album, titled ‘Psychocandy’, which fused together the Reid’s two primary influences, the guitar noise and avant-garde of The Velvet Underground with the leanings of Phil Spector and The Beach Boys.


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  • gusshi

    hey jim how r u

    19 Jul 10:14pm Reply
  • rewixas

    cool stuff

    6 Jul 7:29pm Reply
  • madsupersonic

    Foda, foda , foda e foda!

    29 Jun 1:29am Reply
  • DistortionZero

    It's like if The Velvet Underground and The Cure made love.

    28 Jun 8:42pm Reply
  • lsmul

    one of the best bands ever

    20 Jun 12:25am Reply
  • QuiteQuiett

    every single one of their songs just sounds amzing.

    19 Jun 1:49pm Reply
  • Natanaelbp

    This band...

    11 Jun 6:02pm Reply
  • Pathogen89

    Seems as though a lot of their stuff is really underappreciated, just because their earlier stuff was far more unique than the more poppy guitar rock that came later. But the albums that go right into the 90s are brimming with serious fucking tunes. Got to be one of the most consistenly shit-hot bands of the 80s and 90s. I love you, JAMC.

    10 Jun 2:08pm Reply
  • bratyaverno

    come 2 russia

    8 Jun 5:48pm Reply
  • dick_four

    austin psych fest was sooooo goooooood

    19 May 12:11am Reply
  • helvettt

    Honestly I wasn't sure about their show at Levitation, because I watched another videos of their concerts and it looked kinda awful. But what a great surprise I had. They play really well, and Jim's voices is still the same. Really great show, even though I couldn't stand for most of Psychocandy. I wish I stayed long enough for In a Hole.

    17 May 7:30am Reply
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  • ultima_stella

    darklands >>>>> psychocandy

    15 May 12:00am Reply
  • Inuzini

    so happy they opened with tunes from darklands, automatic, and honey's dead. psychocandy is amazing, but there's so much more to jamc. i'll never forget dancing my ass off to april skies, it's all so surreal!

    10 May 5:58pm Reply
  • Shy-Guy

    One of the greatest names for a rock band.

    10 May 6:18am Reply
  • ravic23

    Most of their awesome tunes out of charts x_x

    16 Apr 7:11pm Reply
  • buildabonfire

    "It's like the Jesus and Mary Chain of central heating control systems. Hard to get into initially, but then, so much to explore."

    16 Apr 1:09pm Reply
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  • lsmul

    this band is sooo good!

    7 Apr 10:29pm Reply
  • glamourtwins

    best hair in music [7] up there with Bernard Sumner's hair and Brett Anderson's fringe def

    14 Mar 3:47am Reply
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