Sub Pop


The Jesus and Mary Chain

MEMBERS:
Steve Monti – drums
William Reid – songwriter, instrumentalist
Jim Reid – songwriter, instrumentalist

Mazzy Star and Moe Tucker collaborated on occassion

WHERE FROM:
East Kilbride, Scotland

WHERE NOW:
Broken up as of October 1999. William has been gigging and has a new release titled “Yawn.” Jim has been working with Nick Sanderson and Romi Mori on a new project.

DATE FORMED:
1984

HOW FORMED:
The Jesus and Mary Chain began with Jim on vocals and William on guitar. They recruited Douglas Hart on three-stringed bass and Murray Dalglish on a two-piece drum kit. At the beginning, they crashed gigs claiming they were the support band until they had done it so many times that they could no longer show their faces at local venues.

HIGHLIGHT:
Psychocandy, with its pretty little pop songs mixed with a barrage of neo-psychedelic electrical feedback, was heralded as one of the most influential new releases of all time.

Where most of their peers bottled it, cravenly opted for the easy life or death, The Jesus and Mary Chain went on and on, remorselessly seeking the perfect pop LP.

Munki is a JAMC extravaganza, a 17-track celebration of their world – perpetual adolescent posturing, low-level disdain, all-purpose euphoria, their love (the opening “I love Rock ’N Roll”) hate (the cunningly titled “I Hate Rock ’N Roll”) relationship with the big bad world of rawk…it emerges as classic Mary Chain." – Gavin Martin, NME