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theartsdesk Q&A: Musician Jim Reid of The Jesus and Mary Chain | reviews, news & interviews

theartsdesk Q&A: Musician Jim Reid of The Jesus and Mary Chain

theartsdesk Q&A: Musician Jim Reid of The Jesus and Mary Chain

On riots, drugs, drunkenness... and jazz

Jim Reid (right) and brother William of The Jesus and Mary Chain, circa their last public foray in 2007© Brian David Stevens

With The Jesus & Mary Chain reformed and currently touring their epochal debut album, Psychocandy, theartsdesk reaches into its archives to offer up a rare and very extensive interview with lead singer Jim Reid from 2010.

Jim Reid (b 1961) is lead singer and, with older brother William, the creative driving force behind The Jesus and Mary Chain. Together they created a furore in the mid-Eighties, bursting onto the scene with punk churlishness, a uniquely noisy sound and riots that exploded at their every gig. It seemed for a moment as if a new Sex Pistols had arrived.

We knew what we were doing and really didn't need anyone else

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Fantastic interview. I really do hope the brothers unite once more for the sake of rock n'roll. I still feel there is unfinished business

Thanks for an in-depth interview from a profoundly talented artist with a lot of integrity. I've been a fan since the beginning and remain even more so now that I see a glimmer of hope for more JAMC.

Thanks for this wonderful insight on one of rock n roll's true legends. Great article and interview! Jim is always going to be remembered as one of the most dangerous singers of all time. Thanks for the great art that you have given us Jim!

Just to read this makes me cry. There are so many bands who copy the Psychocandy sound now, but they all fail. They dont have the heart. Psychocandy and the other records, they had the heart. I appreciate Jim read and his wanting to move on, I really do,

Jim may seldom give interviews, but the few I've read are always absolutely fantastic. Makes me love him, and the band, even more.

Great interview, good job. Mostly gree on the comment below about copying the sound and not getting it right. But one band, A Place To Bury Strangers do a very good job indeed. I recommend either of their albums but personally prefer the second, Exploding Head.

Great interview ! It is amazing how the music can influence your mood and thoughts. I remember 20 yrs ago my first encounter with JAMC .At that time I was very poor , lonely and with almost no hope.,being an immigrant from Eastern Europe.I had my MD diploma in my pocket and nothing else.No friends , relatives or any connections in the cold city of Chicago. Good people gave me a refuge and TV privileges.I was watching MTV and saw HEAD ON video of JAMC. Suddenly everything looked different , beautiful and hopeful. 20 yrs later working as Attending Physician in NYC I watched the same video and ... the feeling was the same.Thank you JAMC for your inspiration !

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