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Like the Velvet Underground, their most obvious influence, the chart success of the Jesus and Mary Chain was virtually nonexistent, but their artistic impact was incalculable; quite simply, the British group made the world safe for white noise, orchestrating a sound dense in squalling feedback which served as an inspiration to everyone from My Bloody Valentine ... Read more in Amazon's Jesus & Mary Chain Store

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  • Vinyl (June 9, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording
  • Label: Sub Pop
  • ASIN: B000006OJE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,079,548 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I Love Rock 'N' Roll
2. Birthday
3. Stardust Remedy
4. Fizzy
5. Mo Tucker
6. Perfume
7. Virtually Unreal
8. Degenerate
9. Cracking Up
10. Commercial
11. Supertramp
12. Never Understood
13. I Can't Find the Time for Times
14. Man on the Moon
15. Black
16. Dream Lover
17. I Hate Rock 'N' Roll

Customer Reviews

Definitely worth a listen.
Cubist
In it are songs beautiful, sad, tragic, raw, stoned, sober... you know, it's the freaking Jesus and Mary Chain.
bleak
The 3rd disc is tv appearances and music videos.
Cousin Bobby

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 2, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Listening to the torrential feedback and deliberately raw production of Psychocandy, it is amazing to see how far brothers Jim and William Reid have come as musicians and songwriters. It has been fascinating to see their development , and the place that white noise has held throughout their blistering career. "Munki" their latest sonic excursion, melds their affinity for walls of sound with a mature, refined songwriting approach. The results are spectacular. Lyrically, musically, and emotionally, this is the most gratifying Mary Chain album in years. On "Munki", the Reids put their entire career into perspective without seeming maudlin or self-important. "Munki" gives more answers than it asks questions, yet the mystique is ever-present. The humorous, cynical "Birthday" and the retrospective "Never Understood" contain some of the most personal, ingenious lyrics the Reids have produced to date. "Perfume" swoons in a sexual haze, while "Virtuallyunreal" and "I Can't Find the Time for Times" are pure rock grooves that prove complexity isn't synonymous with brilliance (or even necessary, in this case). More than anything, "Munki" is an overview of a brilliant catalogue of music that precipitated the band's subsequent demise at the now-infamous House of Blues show in Los Angeles. Quite simply, one of the most witty, substantial albums in years. Rock and roll should always be this good.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By rgonzale on November 27, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I've had this CD for a couple of years now and it is
still one of my favorite JAMC disks. I think time will
tell whether the critics of this CD were listening
open-mindedly. To my ears, it is a maturing and progression
of the JAMC sound: the production, instrumentation, and
subject matter are all more sophisticated than previous,
yet the cathartic threat of losing control is still there.
While some of the tracks are a bit plodding (it's a long
album!), there are several that are pure sugar. Just to warn
you, my other favorite JAMC albums are Honey's Dead and
(dare I say it?) Automatic.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 26, 1999
Format: Audio CD
1998 was a busy year with many so-called "must own lp's". However, a band like JAMC releases their most enjoyable album in some time. Even with their return to SUB POP the media and public seemed to say ho-hum another JAMC lp. I was guilty too. Now that the dust of 1998 has settled, I am finally seeing the light. This one got by me and I am repentant. Quite a cooker! I really do love rock -n-roll
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By trainreader on September 7, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Yet another instance where Rock and Roll brothers just can't stay together. After only six studio albums (I'm not counting "B-Sides"), William and Jim Reid came to the conclusion that they couldn't stand being in the same room (or on the same stage) together. What a shame.

What's so interesting about "Munki" concerns the authorship of the songs. No longer could I be confident in identifying a song as Jim's or William's. William especially, can apparently write in his brother's style. For instance, my favorite song on the album, "Degenerate" sounds like Jim at his grungy best, but no! It's brother William's composition.

In my opinion, "Munki" is somewhat of a mess. By far, JMC's most adventurous and experimental album, the whole thing seems to heavily depend upon the three songs in the center of the album, namely "Virtually Unreal," the aforementioned "Degenerate," and "Cracking Up." Honestly, I could skip the others, a few of which are laced with pointless obscenities, almost as if the Reids wanted that parental advisory sticker.

Anyway, I still thoroughly enjoy listening to The Jesus and Mary Chain. After "Stoned and Dethroned," I saw them in concert at a small NYC venue, which was great (although my date didn't quite get it and wanted to leave after "Reverence" -- the one that starts off with "I want to die just like Jesus Christ"). Mazzy Star opened, and, you guessed it, the adorable Hope Sandoval came out to duet with Jim on "Sometimes Always."

Hey, if the original members of "Cream" can reunite, there must be hope for the Reid brothers too!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 11, 1998
Format: Audio CD
Long time fans of JAMC will recognize the dark stylings and guitar virtuosity of the Reid brothers on this new album. Since waiting patiently since "Stoned and Dethroned (1994)" and "The JAMC Hate Rock & Roll (1996)," I've wanted to see what directions they would go into. Fans of the older stuff from "Psychocandy" and "Darklands" will recognize "Munki"s 'Birthday', 'Cracking Up', and 'Supertramp'. 'Never Understood', track 12, could've been right off of Stoned & Dethroned, an acoustic side trip that shows the versatility of the band. 'Moe Tucker' is an intense introduction for their sister, and is a fascinating song; probably my favorite track.
Critics might say that some of the songs (16 new + "I Hate Rock & Roll" - from their last album) are the 'same old stuff.' I don't agree. The Jesus & Mary Chain has gone through a very interesting evolution musically; and their fans feel they are in on the 'best kept secret in Rock & Roll' - which, as stated in some of their songs - can be a frusrating place to be. Fans will recognize this as a 'must have' (of course they must have them all,) - and will be considered in the JAMC's top 3 or 4 albums. For right now though - I'm playing it all the time. As one of the most prolific and long lived 'pop' (ugh,) bands from the mid-eighties, Jim and William Reid have been able to keep exploring the outer limits of the electric guitar, and attract an almost cult-like following of fans. "Munki" is a pivotal album for them and incorporates many of their varied styles. It's a far cry from sounding "like playing a chainsaw in a hurricane."
- Rick Bellows
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