Sunday, 12 July 2015

The Jesus And Mary Chain - Cracking Up (CDS)

Sorry for the tremendous delay, even by my standards...

Since when did the Jesus & Mary Chain go from playing 10-minute sets of distortion and causing riots to doing interviews on weekend breakfast radio? Since now, that's when. I heard one of the Reids on 6Music the other morning, talking about growing up in Glasgow and school and so on. Times change. Musicians run out of money, reform and do tours, too...

Anyhew, this is good stuff, this single. The sleeve photo is just the start. From their last proper LP, which was a bit of a commercial disaster, despite some great tracks. The b-sides of this one are good too. "Hide Myself" is a (fairly rare) quiet one, "Rocket" is by Ben Lurie, who was a later member of the band, and it is also good - it was the proper b-side on the 7". "Commercial" is an worth an ear, particularly if you don't like fast food, although it's not quite up to the rest.

Still, another 4-track single, and you can't argue with that, can you? No. You can't. Enjoy.

1. Cracking Up
2. Hide Myself
3. Rocket
4. Commercial

Right ear.