The Jesus and Mary Chain

Formed 1984.
The Jesus and Mary Chain


The Jesus and Mary Chain are a Scottish alternative rock band formed in East Kilbride in 1983. The band revolves around the songwriting partnership of brothers Jim and William Reid. They released a string of albums, singles and EPs between their 1983 formation and their 1999 breakup, and gained notoriety in their early days for short sets and violence that became common at their live shows. In 2007, the band reunited.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Darklands

    Darklands 2011

    Reviewed by Luke Turner
    A second LP that successfully sidesteps the shadow of its influential predecessor.
  2. Review of Upside Down – The Best Of

    Upside Down – The Best Of 2010

    Reviewed by Wyndham Wallace
    Double-disc compilation reveals a great band’s shortcomings.
  3. Review of Live In Concert

    Live In Concert 2003

    Reviewed by Deborah Hawkes
    ...the bass and drums move along like a prozaced single mother, dragging the ...
  4. Review of Psychocandy

    Psychocandy 1985

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    Jim and William Reid's seminal work. Still as visceral today...
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