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PSYCHOCANDY is the debut studio album by Scottish alternative rock band The Jesus and Mary Chain . It was released in November 1985 on Blanco y Negro Records . The album is considered a landmark recording: its combination of guitar feedback with traditional pop song structures proved influential on the forthcoming shoegazing genre and alternative rock in general. The band would move away from its abrasive sound with the release of their second album, 1987's Darklands .

CONTENTS

* 1 Background and recording * 2 Music and lyrics * 3 Release * 4 Reception

* 5 Track listing

* 5.1 Additional

* 6 Personnel

* 7 Chart positions

* 7.1 Singles * 7.2 Certifications

* 8 References * 9 External links

BACKGROUND AND RECORDING

After quitting their jobs in 1980, brothers Jim and William Reid formed The Jesus and Mary Chain with bass player Douglas Hart. Taking inspiration from German industrial band Einstürzende Neubauten
Einstürzende Neubauten
, girl group the Shangri-Las and The Velvet Underground
The Velvet Underground
in the USA, it was released on CD by Reprise in 1986 and American Recordings in 1993 without the bonus track. In 2006, the album was remastered and released in DualDisc format without "Some Candy Talking" to conform with the original playlist. In 2011, it was re-released (along with the other five studio albums) by Edsel in collaboration with Rhino as a two-CD set with extra tracks (singles, B-sides, demos and Peel Sessions) and a DVD ( NTSC
NTSC
, all-region ).

RECEPTION

PROFESSIONAL RATINGS

REVIEW SCORES

SOURCE RATING

AllMusic

Mojo

Pitchfork 9.6/10

Q

Record Collector

Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone

The Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone
Album
Album
Guide

Select 5/5

Spin Alternative Record Guide
Spin Alternative Record Guide
9/10

The Village Voice A−

On release Psychocandy
Psychocandy
received favourable reviews. Writing for NME , Andy Gill described the album as "a great citadel of beauty whose wall of noise, once scaled, offers access to endless vistas of melody and emotion", while William Shaw of Smash Hits called it "a wonderful LP which should bring the Scottish brats the success they've missed out on so far." Tim Holmes of Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone
praised the band as "a perfect recombinant of every Edge City outlaw ethic ever espoused in rock." In the end of year-round ups the album placed at number one in NME's list of best albums of 1985 (tied with Tom Waits ' Rain Dogs ), number 3 in The Face and number 5 in Melody Maker .

Subsequently, the album has frequently appeared in "best ever" album lists, such as Q magazine 's "100 Greatest British Albums Ever", where it placed at number 88 in 2000. In 2006, Q magazine placed the album at number 23 in its "40 Best Albums of the '80s" list. In 2003, the album was ranked number 268 on Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone
magazine's "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time " list. The magazine also ranked the album number 45 on its list of the 100 Best Debut Albums of All Time. Allmusic described the album as one that "created a movement without meaning to."

Pitchfork listed Psychocandy
Psychocandy
as the 23rd best album of the 1980s. Slant Magazine listed the album at number 38 in its "Best Albums of the 1980s" list, saying, "Shaping fuzz into a potent, tactile instrument, The Jesus and Mary Chain helped establish the style of distortion-laden fogginess that would eventually become the foundation for shoegaze." The album was also included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die .

TRACK LISTING

All tracks written by Jim Reid and William Reid , except where indicated.

NO. TITLE LENGTH

1. " Just Like Honey " 3:03

2. "The Living End" 2:16

3. "Taste the Floor" 2:56

4. "The Hardest Walk" 2:40

5. "Cut Dead" 2:47

6. "In a Hole" 3:02

7. "Taste of Cindy" 1:42

8. " Never Understand
Never Understand
" 2:57

9. "Inside Me" 3:09

10. "Sowing Seeds" 2:50

11. "My Little Underground" 2:31

12. " You Trip Me Up " 2:26

13. "Something's Wrong" 4:01

14. "It's So Hard" 2:37

2011 CD-DVD RELEASE BONUS TRACKS

NO. TITLE WRITER(S) LENGTH

15. "Suck"

2:08

16. "Ambition" Vic Godard 3:31

17. "Just Out of Reach"

2:09

18. "Boyfriend's Dead"

1:43

19. "Head"

3:53

20. "Cracked"

3:48

Note: the 1986 CD release contains the extra track "Some Candy Talking ", between "Taste of Cindy" and " Never Understand
Never Understand
".

ADDITIONAL

2011 CD DISC 2

NO. TITLE WRITER(S) LENGTH

1. " Upside Down
Upside Down
"

3:00

2. "Vegetable Man" Syd Barrett 3:35

3. "In a Hole" ( John Peel radio session, 23 October 1984)

2:41

4. " You Trip Me Up " ( John Peel radio session, 23 October 1984)

2:07

5. " Never Understand
Never Understand
" ( John Peel radio session, 23 October 1984)

3:08

6. "Taste the Floor" ( John Peel radio session, 23 October 1984)

3:08

7. "The Living End" ( John Peel radio session, 3 February 1985)

2:15

8. "Inside Me" ( John Peel radio session, 3 February 1985)

3:01

9. " Just Like Honey " ( John Peel radio session, 3 February 1985)

2:49

10. " Some Candy Talking " ( John Peel radio session, 29 October 1985)

3:13

11. "Psychocandy" ( John Peel radio session, 29 October 1985)

2:01

12. " You Trip Me Up " ( John Peel radio session, 29 October 1985)

2:41

13. "Cut Dead" ( John Peel radio session, 29 October 1985)

2:47

14. "Up Too High" ( Portastudio demo, 1984/85)

3:44

15. " Upside Down
Upside Down
" ( Portastudio demo, 1984/85)

3:10

16. " Never Understand
Never Understand
" ( Portastudio demo, 1984/85)

3:18

17. "Taste the Floor" ( Portastudio demo, 1984/85)

3:06

18. "In a Hole" ( Portastudio demo, 1984/85)

2:42

19. "Something's Wrong" ( Portastudio demo, 1984/85)

3:27

20. " Just Like Honey (Demo Version, October 1984)" (Alaska Studios demo, June 1985)

2:58

21. "The Living End" (Alaska Studios demo, June 1985)

2:16

22. "My Little Underground"

2:33

23. " Never Understand
Never Understand
(Alternate Version)"

3:25

24. "Jesus Fuck"

2:30

2011 bonus DVD

* " Never Understand
Never Understand
" (music video) * " You Trip Me Up " (music video) * " Just Like Honey " (music video) * "In a Hole - Old Grey Whistle Test
Old Grey Whistle Test
(12 March 1985)" * "Riot at North London Polytechnic - interview and live clips (The NewMusic ) (15 March 1985)" * "Interview - VRT , Belgium (17 March 1985)" * " Never Understand
Never Understand
- VRT, Belgium (17 March 1985)" * " Just Like Honey - The Tube (11 November 1985)" * "Inside Me - The Tube (11 November 1985)"

PERSONNEL

All personnel credits adapted from Psychocandy's liner notes. The Jesus and Mary Chain

* Jim Reid – vocals, guitar * William Reid – vocals, guitar * Douglas Hart – bass * Bobby Gillespie
Bobby Gillespie
– drums

Additional musicians

* Karen Parker – backing vocals (1) * Laurence Verfaillie – backing vocals (1)

Technical personnel

* The Jesus and Mary Chain – production * John Loder – engineering * Flood – engineer (8) * Alan Moulder – assistant engineer (8)

Design personnel

* Greg Allen – art direction * Alastair Indge – sleeve photography * Bleddyn Butcher – sleeve photography * Chris Clown – sleeve photography * Mike Laye – sleeve photography * Rona McIntosh – sleeve photography * Stuart Cassidy – sleeve photography

CHART POSITIONS

CHART (1985) Peak position

UK ALBUMS CHART 31

CHART (1986) Peak position

AUSTRALIA (KENT MUSIC REPORT ) 87

NEW ZEALAND RIANZ ALBUMS CHART 35

US BILLBOARD 200 188

SINGLES

YEAR SINGLE PEAK CHART POSITIONS

UK IRL NZD

1985 " Never Understand
Never Understand
" 47 — —

" You Trip Me Up " 55 — —

" Just Like Honey " 45 — —

1986 " Some Candy Talking " 13 11 37

"—" DENOTES A RELEASE THAT DID NOT CHART.

CERTIFICATIONS

REGION CERTIFICATION SALES/SHIPMENTS

UNITED KINGDOM (BPI ) Gold 100,000^

SUMMARIES

^ shipments figures based on certification alone.

REFERENCES

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Psychocandy
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Psychocandy
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Psychocandy
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Rolling Stone
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Rolling Stone
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Psychocandy
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Psychocandy
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Rovi Corporation
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* v * t * e

The Jesus and Mary Chain

* JIM REID * WILLIAM REID * MARK CROZER * BRIAN YOUNG * PHIL KING

* Murray Dalglish * Dave Evans * Bobby Gillespie
Bobby Gillespie
* Douglas Hart * Ben Lurie * Steve Monti * Nick Sanderson * Richard Thomas * JOHN MOORE * LOZ COLBERT

STUDIO ALBUMS

* Psychocandy * Darklands * Automatic * Honey\'s Dead * Stoned border-left-width:2px;border-left-style:solid;width:100%;padding:0px">

* Live in Concert

COMPILATION ALBUMS

* Barbed Wire Kisses * The Sound of Speed * Hate Rock \'n\' Roll * The Complete John Peel Sessions * 21 Singles
21 Singles
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* Some Candy Talking * Happy When It Rains * Darklands * Rollercoaster * The Peel Sessions * Sound of Speed

SINGLES

* " Upside Down
Upside Down
" * " Never Understand
Never Understand
" * " You Trip Me Up " * " Just Like Honey " * " April Skies " * " Happy When It Rains " * "Darklands " * " Sidewalking " * " Blues from a Gun " * "Head On " * "Reverence " * " Far Gone and Out " * "Almost Gold " * "