138. The Jesus and Mary Chain

There is an old saying in Rock regarding The Velvet Underground; they did not sell a lot of albums, but every one who did buy one formed a band. We are not sure, but our guess is at some point the members of The Jesus and Mary Chain bought a few copies themselves. It would not be a big surprise if many of those who bought Jesus and Mary Chain albums felt inspired to start bands up themselves.   Of the Post Punk bands of the 80’s, The Jesus and Mary Chain producing some of the most hauntingly beautiful of the era. Their debut album (Psychocandy) was an amalgamation of Pop brilliance, lyrical introspection and a heavy dose of feedback and echoes; the latter, proving to be especially distinctive. It was a spectacular album which garnered them critical acclaim around the world and would later spawn many imitators. Future albums would show different elements of the band though they would never achieve that level of critical acceptance again. Should the Hall ever look take a hard look at true British Alternative music there might be a shot at induction, but the odds on that seem remote.   [FilmStrip][/Filmstrip]     The Bullet Points:   Eligible Since: 2009   Country of Origin: United Kingdom (Glasgow, Scotland)   Why They Will Get In: They meet the influence category.   Why They Won’t Get In: They never met mainstream success and the bands they influenced didn’t either.   Nominated In: Never   Essential Albums: Psychocandy (1985) Darklands (1987) Honey’s Dead (1992) Stoned & Dethroned (1994)   Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee: Upside Down (Single, 1984) Never Understand (From Psychocandy, 1985) Just Like Honey (From Psychocandy, 1985) April Skies (From Darklands, 1987) Reverence (From Honey’s Dead, 1992)   www.thejesusandmarychain.org {acepolls 164}

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