Inspired by a combination of Conorâ€™s Forgotten Irish Bands posts, WorldbyStormâ€™s post about the reforming of The Jesus and Mary Chain and the fact that I just got a new stereo with a record player, I decided last night to dig out a box of records I had in the shed.
Iâ€™ve moved house several times in the last 15 years, but somehow I always managed to bring my small box of vinyl records with me. Thereâ€™s no reason for this as for most of those 15 years I didnâ€™t have a record player. Clearly I was holding on to the albums thinking that at one point I would like to get a record player so I could play my much treasured albums again. But Iâ€™m also aware that I didnâ€™t love them enough to put aside the cash to get a decent sound system.
There is also my innate resistance to the filthy mix of nostalgia and music. Iâ€™m more interested in listening to music I havenâ€™t heard before than going back and putting on the old stuff, even if it does put the hairs up on the back of my neck.
Although it was incredibly important to me as a teenager and young adult Iâ€™m not so sure, apart from its ability to bring back crystal clear memories, that it means as much to me now. Or rather the emotions that it generated then are not emotions I have when I play the music now. Although itâ€™s very nice to go back and visit that attitude now and again.
A good example of this is the Jesus and Mary Chain. In a sense their re-emergence from a prolonged family squabble is a celebration of the early Jesus and Mary Chain and much less a return to where they finished, which as WorldbyStorm points out, was a mess of the odd quality track amidst a sea of crap.
So, the audiences who will attend the shows, including Electric Picnic in September, will be there to live again the visceral aural torture which managed to piss their parents off so much. But of course, as Just Like Honey showed in Lost in Translation, enjoy the classic tunes from when Jesus and Mary Chain were truly on form.
Famously, the Jesus and Mary Chain used to perform gigs like Jesuits reportedly give Mass, with their backs to the audience. Sometimes itâ€™s nice to play this music loud and turn your back on everything.
The following tracks were burned into MP3s from vinyl 12â€ records and EPs released between 1985-86:
Track 1 is Side one of Some Candy Talking EP
Some Candy Talking/Taste of Cindy
Track 2 is Side two of Some Candy Talking EP
Track 3 is Side one of Just Like Honey 12â€
Just Like Honey/Head
Track 4 is Side two of Just Like Honey 12â€
Cracked/Just Like Honey Demo
Track 5 is Side one of You Trip Me Up 12â€
You Trip Me Up
Just Like Honey was also used in the final scene in Lost in Translation. I still like that movieâ€¦