I do like the Jesus & Mary Chain, but not to the extent that I have loads of their records and I certainly can’t claim to be some sort of expert on them….if it was my specialised subject on Mastermind, I’d probably score about five points with fifteen or so passes.
I picked up one of their singles, Reverence, on 12″ some time ago. I took it home, played it and thought it was a bit ‘meh’. Full of lyrics about dying either like Jesus Christ or JFK, while there’s also a reference to being hanged for some offence or other. It’s all very confusing.
I played it again the other day for the first time in ages after it popped up randomly on the i-pod. I tried to block out the nonsensical lyrics and give the tune a chance. It dates from February 1992 and I just couldn’t get myself convinced that, if I was listening to it as an instrumental, I would have worked out it was the JAMC. It has that feel and sound of bands from the era, and in particular, Jesus Jones, who I never took to.
The b-side (which was actually on the same side of the vinyl as Reverence) then came on, and I was soon shaking my head about hull dull and boring it was.
Flipping it over, and there’s what is described as the Radio Mix of Revererence, and it comes in at two minutes longer than the version on the a-side, beginning with an extended guitar solo more than two minutes in length which sounds as if it belongs on one of those games you can play on an X-box or the likes (I’m guessing it that…I don’t actuually own any sort of gaming machine). It’s followed by Guitarman, which I already knew from it appearing on the NME Last Temptation of Elvis album that had been released a couple of years earlier.
mp3: The Jesus & Mary Chain – Reverence
mp3: The Jesus & Mary Chain – Heat
mp3: The Jesus & Mary Chain – Reverence (Radio Mix)
mp3: The Jesus & Mary Chain – Guitarman
So…. I’m throwing out a challenge today.
Anyone care to make the case that Reverence is a good song and worthy of being a single?
Am I totally wrong about the b-side, Heat?
As part of your case, you could use the fact that Reverence reached #10 in the UK singles chart, but I would hope to get better observations than that.