Let’s Blow the Stars from the Sky

The Jesus & Mary Chain are not the most palatable band in the world: Jim Reid’s scratchy voice combined with repetitive, almost babbled, lyrics and noisy guitar riffs make for a band that doesn’t appeal to everyone. Personally, I love them: “Psychocandy” definitely goes up there as one of my favorite albums of all time, a truly fantastic one that nails  the alternative genre perfectly, almost down to an art form. Nevertheless, I’ve never found any of their songs universally appealing, something invigorating and loud, yet sentimental, to listen to first thing in the morning. Until now.

“Head On” from their album “21 Singles” is an art form in itself: it is an insanely upbeat and catchy song, with starry-eyed brilliant lyrics (makes  you wanna feel/ makes you wanna try/ makes you wanna blow the stars from the sky), yet retains that same touch of wicked as in all their songs (and the way I feel tonight/I could die I wouldn’t mind), and the same ever-wonderful noisy guitars. Reid’s scratchy vocals add the right tinge of emotion (despite his deadpan face) and are a pleasure, for everyone, to listen to.

But don’t take my word for it,  have a listen:

Head On by The Jesus and Mary Chain

~Ady

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~ by thetunarhythm on April 23, 2009.

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