#MaryChain6Music - The Ultimate Jesus and Mary Chain Playlist

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On this Sunday’s show we’re celebrating the 30th birthday of indie favourites The Jesus and Mary Chain, so we want you to help us create a playlist inspired by the Scot alt-rockers…

Formed by brothers Jim and William Reid, The Jesus and Mary Chain came into being three decades ago in East Kilbride, just outside Glasgow. Between 1983 and their split in 1999, they released 11 albums, and gained notoriety in their early days for short live shows – sometimes not even facing the audience whilst they played.

The group's distortion-led guitar sounds are often credited as paving the way for the shoegazing scene that followed in the mid 80s to early 90s.

To mark their big 3-0, the band are also releasing a vinyl boxset this weekend, including all of the band’s six studio albums, as well as all BBC sessions, plus rarities and B-sides selected by fans… Sound familiar?

We want you to help us pick tracks for the Ultimate Jesus and Mary Chain Playlist for this week’s Now Playing. But what do you think must be included to celebrate their sound and impact?

  • It could simply be your favourite track from them, be it a single, b-side or rariety…
  • Artists who’ve influenced them – from The Velvet Underground, The Stooges and Sex Pistols to Phil Spector and Brian Wilson.
  • You could go very niche and pick some Lazycame, Freeheat or Sister Vanilla…
  • Perhaps your favourite Scottish artists, particularly from around Glasgow - Belle & Sebastian, Mogwai, Chvrches and many more all hail from Scotland’s biggest city.
  • How about some Primal Scream in honour of former Jesus and Mary Chain drummer Bobby Gillespie?
  • Or other bands or artists who you associate with the band – just be sure to show us your workings out!

You’re in control of the music so let us know what you want us to play by commenting on Facebook or here on the blog, tweet #MaryChain6Music, email us at nowplaying@bbc.co.uk or add a track onto our collaborative Spotify playlist or Rdio playlists.

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  • Comment number 28. Posted by Ned Kogar

    on 1 Dec 2013 18:52

    Well, since Brian Eno chatted to them on a plane... you could play "Burning Airlines Give You So Much More" or anything off "Here Come The Warm Jets".

    BUT... given that The Fire Engines gave Jim Reid the idea of playing short sets... 'Discord' would be great. There's a particularly short Peel session version, I think.

    Cheers,

    Ned

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  • Comment number 27. Posted by Pastelboy

    on 1 Dec 2013 18:42

    Please play 'I know someone who knows someone who knows Alan McGee quite well' by the Pooh Sticks . Still makes me smile and reminds me of that wonderful time for independently minded music .

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  • Comment number 26. Posted by EzraPound

    on 1 Dec 2013 18:28

    Blur? Shoegaze?? Johnny-Come-Latelies more like. It would be good to hear the real stuff - early Ride - Chelsea Girl. On Creation Records, which incidentally, was the Mary Chain's first record label.

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  • Comment number 25. Posted by Neon

    on 1 Dec 2013 18:20

    Walkin' with Jesus - spacemen 3

    Revolution - spacemen 3

    Head on - the pixies cover JAMC

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  • Comment number 24. Posted by Gerard

    on 30 Nov 2013 20:53

    Well I'd like to hear songs that make me think - they were listening to The Mary Chain when they wrote that! Especially from bands that never made it or you wouldn't expect.
    My suggestions would include;
    V-Twin - "Delinquency" (there is a Jagz Kooner version somewhere)
    Sloan - "Burn For It"
    Girls Against Boys - "X-Rated Car"
    Drugstore - "Baby Astrolab"
    Santa Cruz "Celebration's On" or "Horse"
    Madder Rose "Beautiful John"

    Though anything by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Raveonettes, MBV, Joyrider, Ride, Starlings, Death In Vegas etc etc. would illustrate this too.
    Looking forward to the show now.

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  • Comment number 23. Posted by moggieboy

    on 30 Nov 2013 17:22

    Primal Scream covering Darklands.

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  • Comment number 22. Posted by abraxis

    on 30 Nov 2013 15:19

    Some faves of mine by JAMC
    1 April Skies
    2 Happy when it Rains
    3 Blues From A Gun

    Influenced by JAMC

    1) Black Rebel Motorcycle Club-Weapon of Choice
    2)Coves - Cast a Shadow

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  • Comment number 21. Posted by Livyathan

    on 30 Nov 2013 15:13

    Snakedriver
    The Living End
    Vegetable Man
    Sugar Ray
    I love Rock and Roll
    I hate Rock and Roll
    Reverence


    VU - Run
    VU - Here she comes now

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  • Comment number 20. Posted by Peter Lisbon

    on 30 Nov 2013 09:23

    The Raveonettes - that great love sound. Because I think the raveonettes from sweden picked up on the softer mellow and shallow side of JMC and made some great love songs reminiscent of the sort of teenage poetic intellectual rebel love that JMC propelled at full speed. Cheers all.

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  • Comment number 19. Posted by Trapvet

    on 30 Nov 2013 04:28

    Psychocandy:
    Never Understand
    My Little Underground


    Darklands:
    Darklands
    April Skies

    Stoned & Dethroned
    Dirty Water
    Sometimes Always
    Till It Shines

    Honey's Dead:

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