post- punk gems, v. 67 — Jesus and Mary Chain

Just a short entry today, folks, as I seem to have contracted a mean case of this virus, largely ineluctable, called “age.” A simple move at the gym last Wed. has me all crosseyed and pain-ridden.

So, back in the day, I certainly turned up the radio on the odd chance that the airwaves were blessed by select tracks by ol’ Jesus and Mary Chain, and “Head On” in particular. (The band apparently took their name from a cereal prize: “Jesus & Mary chain.”) It’s got a nice balance of late-80s breath-ready spacing in the mix, as well as enough guitar crunches to honor the perfectly Springsteen-esque sympathy of

“and the way I feel tonight / I could die and wouldn’t mind”

Rarely did those shoe-gazers of the 80s get a whole lot more earnest than this.

It ended up a modern rock hit in the states, and inspired a rockin’ good cover by The Pixies before they got all dissolute.

Ah, beautiful pop! Cheers!

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