Continuing with the run of bands that I’m surprised to see on CD86.

I don’t think too many readers will need any lessons on the history and timeline of The Jesus and Mary Chain. If you do, then I’ll refer you to this wiki page which is extremely detailed and comprehensive.

I’m assuming that Bob Stanley has included the boys from East Kilbride (the same town as Roddy Frame was raised) on the basis that they would go on to be the best known and among the most sustainable indie bands to emerge from the era in question with all sorts of celebrity fans the world over. I don’t think anyone who watched the continual chaos and violence around the early gigs, combined with a total ‘fuck you’ attitude from the band members would ever have imagined they would enjoy such a long and incredibly successful and rewarding career in the music industry.

CD86 contains Upside Down, the debut single which actually came out on Creation Records in November 1984 when the line-up was Jim Reid (vocals), William Reid (guitar), Douglas Hart (bass) and Murray Dalglish (drums).  The first 1.000 copies were in black with red writing and included a contact address for the band. and were printed by future band drummer and all-round superstar Bobby Gillespie. Later initial versions had a multitude of colours (red, yellow, blue or pink) but no contact address; nor where they printed by Bobby.  Such was the demand for the single that Creation re-released in it 1985 with a totally different sleeve but with the same b-side, a cover of a Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd number:-

mp3 : The Jesus and Mary Chain – Upside Down
mp3 : The Jesus and Mary Chain – Vegetable Man


6 thoughts on “NEXT YEAR’S NOSTALGIA FEST (Part 36 of 48)

  1. Happened to buy this 45″ in the UK shortly after it came out. Brought it home and played it to my friends, whose reactions went from “please turn that off” to “OH MY GOD TURN THAT SHIT OFF”, confirming its brilliance.

  2. I recall a lazy afternoon drinking 63p pints of Scotch bitter in the Mens bar at Newcastle University. It was well past the lunch rush and the bar was about as empty as it ever got. Just a table with me and my friends on.

    Anyway, I got up and put a few tunes on the jukebox, including Vegetable Man. Literally the moment the song came up, in wheeled a disabled guy who was probably about three foot high and confined to a wheelchair. I’d never even heard the song before and hadn’t realised at the time it was a cover of the Pink Floyd song. Every word was excruciatingly embarrassing given the circumstances, and when the Reid Brothers started their ‘Ah hah ha ha ha ha ha” part, I almost melted underneath the table.

  3. I remember taking it to Maestros and the usually open minded female DJ politely refused to play it in case it caused a riot.

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