Sunday, March 21, 2010

The Jesus and Marychain- Upside Down/Vegetable Man

"Upside Down" was the first JAMC song I ever heard and as a result has rendered the bulk of their discography boring. This single, "Psychocandy," and parts of "Barbed Wire Kisses" are all the JAMC I need.
I guess there's nothing like fuzzy slacker rock trying to be heard through a wall of screeching feedback to draw me in. The guitars that sound like a swarm of hornets don't hurt either.
Their cover of Syd Barrett's "Vegetable Man" comes across as semi-psychedelic proto-grunge but falls just short of the immediacy of the A-side. It makes me think if Syd Barrett era Pink Floyd had gotten very drunk, instead of high...well, maybe a little high, too, run the whole thing through a distortion pedal and taken a more primitive approach that maybe they too would have stayed interesting longer, but like the JAMC, only put out one great album along with a handful of strong singles.
A well proportioned single, or band, isn't as common as you'd think.

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