Jesus And Mary Chain Archive

The Pastels/Tenniscoats – About You (Jesus & Mary Chain Cover)

Glasgow’s The Pastels teamed up with Japans’ Tenniscoats on the new record Two Sunsets which was released by Domino last week. I’ve always liked The Pastels (except when they teamed up with Jad Fair, but that had nothing to do with them, more to do with my longstanding dislike of anything Jad Fair touches) so this latest pairing looks to be fantastic. Unfortunately, I’ve been too busy to give the full recording a listen, but if you can use this Jesus & Mary Chain (who also happen to come from Glasgow) cover as a litmus test of the rest of the record, it’s bound to be great.

[audio: http://www.thesoundofindie.com/archive/2009/20090929/PasTen-AboutYou.mp3|titles=About You (Jesus & Mary Chain Cover)|artists=The Pastels/Tenniscoats]

Download: The Pastels/Tenniscoats – About You (Jesus & Mary Chain Cover)

Freeheat – The Two Of Us (Live)

I was surprised when I went through our archives and noticed that being such fanatical JAMC fans, we have never posted a Freeheat song. I’m rectifying that right now! I just happened to be in NYC for work in 2000 when Jim Reid played the US for first time sans his brother and under his new moniker, Freeheat. They did a two night stint at the now defunct Brownies. It was a pair of great shows but I remember that a very forgettable band opened up. Years later, Avalanche informed me that the mediocre opening band was in fact Interpol. Reason #254 why I would make a horrible A&R man. This song comes from the second night of their Brownies appearance in 2000.

[audio: http://www.thesoundofindie.com/archive/2009/20090604/Freeheat-TheTwoOfUs.mp3|titles=The Two Of Us|artists=Freeheat]

Download: Freeheat – The Two Of Us (Live)

The Jesus And Mary Chain – Sidewalking (Live Video)

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The Jesus And Mary Chain – Sidewalking
Coachella
Indio, CA
4/27/07

Probably the biggest rock related highlight of 2007 was the reformation, if only temporary, of the mighty The Jesus and the Mary Chain. I was fortunate to see them four times on their stateside junket. Their set consisted of about two songs off of each album plus a new (and excellent) song along with a Syd Barret cover of “Vegetable Man”. Heaven to me, but onstage things seemed to be a bit rocky. The Reid brothers’ tempers are well documented and breaking-up onstage (again) felt like a palpable possibility. The first three times I saw them, on numerous occasions, it seemed they were only a porcupine’s wink from snapping and storming off stage. This video, taken at Coachella, is one of those points. If you listen carefully to the end of this sloppy execution of “Sidewalking” Jim Reid punctuates the set with “that was a travesty”. The fourth show (second night at Webster Hall) that I saw marked a considerable improvement in onstage demeanor and it even appeared that the Reid brothers were actually starting to have a good time. I sure hope those good vibes continued such that they head into the studio and record new material.

Download: The Jesus And Mary Chain – Sidewalking (Live Video)

The Monday Set: The Jesus And Mary Chain – Los Angeles, CA – 12-10-94


The Jesus And Mary Chain
KROQ Almost Acoustic X-Mas
Universal Amphitheater
Los Angeles, CA
12/10/94

I think this recording was taken directly from the KROQ broadcast, but there’s a bunch of “shits” and “fucks” which I would be surprised made it on the air of such a prestigious radio station. Regardless, it’s a great recording even though it’s only 5 tracks.

Setlist:
1. Interview
2. Intro
3. Snakedriver
4. Head On
5. Come On
6. I Hate Rock N’ Roll
7. Reverence
8. Interview

Sample:
[audio: http://thesoundofindie.com/archive/2008/20081013/JAMC-ComeOn.mp3|titles=Come On (Live)|artists=Jesus and Mary Chain]

Download: The Jesus And Mary Chain – Los Angeles, CA – 12-10-94 – 155 MB

The Jesus And Mary Chain – The Hardest Walk (Live Video)

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The Jesus And Mary Chain – The Hardest Walk
Palasport
Correggio, Italy
9/27/87

This is another great early JAMC clip that I just got from Europe. Though you can’t make out a lot other than Jim singing, it looks like the rest of the band was comprised of William, Doug Hart on bass and it sounds like this was the period where they were without a drummer and using a drum machine.

Download: The Jesus And Mary Chain – The Hardest Walk (Live Video)

The Monday Set: The Jesus And Mary Chain – Chicago, IL – 11/12/94


The Jesus And Mary Chain
The Metro
Chicago, IL
11/12/94 & 11/13/94
Airdate: 3/27/95

I believe this is an amalgamation of the two shows that The Jesus And Mary Chain played at The Metro in Chicago in 1994. It’s a great professional recording that was broadcast on FM radio in February of 1995.

Set List:
1. Snakedriver
2. Hole
3. Happy When it Rains
4. Head On
5. Everybody I Know
6. Girlfriend
7. Nine Million Rainy Days
8. Sidewalking
9. Sometimes Always
10. Reverence

Sample:
[audio: http://thesoundofindie.com/archive/2008/20080505/JAMC-Hole.mp3|titles=Hole (Live)|artists=The Jesus And Mary Chain]
Hole (Live)

Download: The Jesus And Mary Chain – Chicago, IL – 11/12/94 & 11/13/94 – 258 MB

The Monday Set: The Jesus And Mary Chain – Boston, MA – 10/19/94


The Jesus And Mary Chain
Avalon
Boston, MA
10/19/94

This may be for the JAMC completest only. It sounds like the person who recorded it was standing completely in the bass speaker for most of the show. I brought it into Sound Forge and did quite a bit of EQing to make it more listenable, but overall, not a particularly great recording. As my friend says, sometimes you get the bear…

Set List:
1. Snakedriver
2. Taste The Floor
3. Blues From A Gun
4. Come On
5. Everybody I Know
6. Head On
7. Happy When It Rains
8. Girlfriend
9. Hole
10. 9 Million Rainy Days
11. Catch Fire
12. Sidewalking
13. Teenage Lust
14. Sugar Ray
15. Sometimes Always
16. Reverence

Sample:
[audio: http://thesoundofindie.com/archive/2008/20080303/JAMC-SometimesAlways.mp3|titles=Sometimes Always (Live)|artists=The Jesus And Mary Chain]
Download: The Jesus And Mary Chain – Boston, MA – 10/19/94 – 597 MB

Jim Reid – Song For A Secret (BBC Recording)

I may be in the minority, but I actually prefer Jim’s solo work and the stuff he did with Freeheat to the last JAMC record “Munki.” So I was thrilled when out of the blue, a friend from waaaaaaay back sent me a disc packed full of miscellaneous Jim solo recordings (along with the new JAMC demos that are up on MySpace) which arrived in the mail yesterday. This song was broadcast by BBC Radio a week or so before Jim released the “Song For A Secret” 7″ on Transistor.
[audio: http://thesoundofindie.com/archive/2008/20080208/JR-SongForASecret.mp3|titles=Song For A Secret (BBC Recording)|artists=Jim Reid]
Download: Jim Reid – Song For A Secret (BBC Recording)

The Jesus And Mary Chain – Taste The Floor (Live Video)

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The Jesus And Mary Chain – Taste The Floor
Dal City Square
Milan, Italy
4/30/92

I never thought I would be saying this again, but I’m off to see The Jesus And Mary Chain tonight (and tomorrow). Scarlett Johansson better not fuck this up!

Download: The Jesus And Mary Chain – Taste The Floor (Live Video)

The Jesus And Mary Chain – Improv Song?

Here’s something new for the JAMC fan who already has everything. This is an interesting live track from The Jesus And Mary Chain that was recorded at the Cambridge Theater in London when JAMC “opened” one show for The Sugarcubes in May of 1988. They played 4 songs without a band, but the last song they played seemed to be an improvised song. The lyrics are a hodge-podge from other songs over a simple guitar line.
[audio: http://thesoundofindie.com/archive/2007/20070116/JAMC-ImprovSong.mp3|titles=Unknown Track (Live)|artists=The Jesus & Mary Chain]
Download: The Jesus And Mary Chain – Improv Song?