Brothers William and Jim Reid, the heart of the band, begin recording their music in the bedroom of their East Kilbride (10 km off Glasgow) home. Heavily influenced not only by underground legends like The Ramones, Velvet Underground (and punk music in general) but also by The Shangri-Las, Brian Wilson’s Beach Boys and Phil Spector-produced 1960s pop, The Jesus & Mary Chain created an innovative fusion of noisey pop, a personal style that defined a whole era of rock music.
Their landmark debut album, “Psychocandy” (1984), one of the best releases of the 80s, together with their follow-up record “Darklands” (1987), were celebrated by critics and paved the way for the genre we would identify, few years later, as shoegaze. The band went on to release four more studio albums, “Automatic” (1989), “Honey’s Dead” (1992), “Stoned & Dethroned” (1994) and “Munki” (1998), before disbanding in 1999 and released one more record in 2017, “Damage and Joy”, a mesmerizing evolution of their sound, that solidified their place as one of the most influential bands of the last 40 years.
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