JESUS AND MARY CHAIN
SINGER JIM REID has
described pop music as a
sewer. On stage he slides, rolls.
jerks and gesticulates like a
schizophrenic rat on amphetamine.
Opposing the commercialism
of Madonna and the tweeness of The
Smiths, Reids group, The Jesus And
Mary Chain, offer a musical mayhem driven
by youthful zest and emotion rather than
any overt technical skills. They thrive
on a volatile atmosphere and create one
through an undercurrent of violence
inherent in their music.
All the songs are cloaked
in a dizzy crackle of guitar feedback. On
the most accessible numbers this is
welded to a spindly thread of melody
often so unnervingly simple as to be
redolent of surf music. On their second
single, Never Understand,
they sounded like the Beach Boys with
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