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Barbed Wire Kisses (B-Sides and More)

The Jesus and Mary Chain

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Just a few years into their official recording career, the Jesus and Mary Chain had enough B-sides, outtakes, and other things sitting around to warrant a collection of nearly all of them, thus Barbed Wire Kisses. A welcome inclusion is the original debut single on Creation, "Upside Down," which in terms of the mix alone makes Psychocandy sound like Boston. Unfortunately the flip side cover of the Pink Floyd rarity "Vegetable Man" doesn't make it, but obvious inspirations the Beach Boys get saluted twice, once through a heavily thrashed-up cover of "Surfin' USA" that's pure Psychocandy in fidelity and impact, then again through a hilarious parody. "Kill Surf City" is pure Brian Wilson circa 1963 in melody, but the lyrics are something else again -- death, doom, destruction, and a bit of love here and there -- and the end result is a truly nutty combination. Another double tribute is given to Bo Diddley; his "Who Do You Love" becomes a low, menacing lope, echo cranked up high, while "Bo Diddley Is Jesus" just about says it all in the title, while of all bands, Can gets a nod via a cool live cover of "Mushroom." A single came with the whole thing as well, "Sidewalking," one of the band's best yet. Taking a T. Rex-styled glam strut and running it through their trademark clang'n'scrape feedback wringer, it's a monstrous track, the best song from the group since their Psychocandy days. A large number of tracks essentially continue the Psychocandy aesthetic without adding much to it, though those not entirely taken with Darklands will find much to love with the likes of "Head" and "Cracked." Meanwhile, two alternate versions of album cuts -- an acoustic take on "Taste of Cindy" and a neat demo take of "On the Wall" -- add to the fun. ~ Ned Raggett

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Barbed Wire Kisses (B-Sides and More)

The Jesus And Mary Chain

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1
Kill Surf City 00:03:12

William Reid, Composer, Producer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Composer, Producer - John Loder, Producer

1988 Warner Music UK Ltd 1987 Warner Music UK Ltd

2
Head 00:03:51

William Reid, Composer, Producer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Composer, Producer - John Loder, Producer

1988 Warner Music UK Ltd 1985 Warner Music UK Ltd

3
Rider 00:02:12

William Reid, Composer, Producer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Composer, Producer - John Loder, Producer

1988 Warner Music UK Ltd 1987 Warner Music UK Ltd

4
Hit 00:03:29

William Reid, Composer, Producer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Composer, Producer - John Loder, Producer

1988 Warner Music UK Ltd 1986 Warner Music UK Ltd

5
Don't Ever Change 00:03:33

William Reid, Composer, Producer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Composer, Producer - John Loder, Producer

1988 Warner Music UK Ltd 1988 Warner Music UK Ltd

6
Just out of Reach (1988 Barbed Wire Kisses Version) 00:03:08

William Reid, Composer, Producer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Composer, Producer - John Loder, Producer - Dick Meaney, Engineer

1988 Warner Music UK Ltd 1988 Warner Music UK Ltd

7
Happy Place 00:02:24

William Reid, Composer, Producer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Composer, Producer - John Loder, Producer

1988 Warner Music UK Ltd 1987 Warner Music UK Ltd

8
Psycho Candy 00:02:55

William Reid, Composer, Producer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Composer, Producer - John Loder, Producer

1988 Warner Music UK Ltd 1986 Warner Music UK Ltd

9
Sidewalking 00:03:35

William Reid, Composer, Producer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Composer, Producer - John Loder, Producer

1988 Warner Music UK Ltd 1988 Warner Music UK Ltd

10
Who Do You Love 00:04:05

William Reid, Producer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Producer - John Loder, Producer - E. Mcdaniels, Composer

1988 Warner Music UK Ltd 1987 Warner Music UK Ltd

11
Surfin' USA 00:02:58

William Reid, Producer - Brian Wilson, Composer - Chuck Berry, Composer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Producer - John Loder, Producer

1988 Warner Music UK Ltd 1987 Warner Music UK Ltd

12
Everything's Alright When You're Down 00:02:40

William Reid, Composer, Producer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Composer, Producer - John Loder, Producer

1988 Warner Music UK Ltd 1987 Warner Music UK Ltd

13
Upside Down 00:03:00

William Reid, Composer, Producer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Composer, Producer - John Loder, Producer

1988 Warner Music UK Ltd 1984 Warner Music UK Ltd

14
Taste of Cindy (Acoustic Version) 00:02:01

William Reid, Composer, Producer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Composer, Producer - John Loder, Producer

1988 Warner Music UK Ltd 1985 Warner Music UK Ltd

15
Swing 00:02:26

William Reid, Composer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Composer

1988 Warner Music UK Ltd 1998 Warner Music UK Ltd

16
On the Wall (Porta Studio Demo Version) 00:03:43

William Reid, Composer, Producer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Composer, Producer - John Loder, Producer

1988 Warner Music UK Ltd 1987 Warner Music UK Ltd

17
Cracked 00:03:47

William Reid, Composer, Producer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Composer, Producer - John Loder, Producer

1988 Warner Music UK Ltd 1985 Warner Music UK Ltd

18
Here It Comes Again 00:02:33

William Reid, Composer, Producer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Composer, Producer - John Loder, Producer

1988 Warner Music UK Ltd 1987 Warner Music UK Ltd

19
Mushroom (Live in Nuremburg 1986) 00:03:19

William Reid, Producer - Suzuki, Composer - Schmidt, Composer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Producer - John Loder, Producer - Caroli, Composer - Liebezeit, Composer - Schuring, Composer

1988 Warner Music UK Ltd 1986 Warner Music UK Ltd

20
Bo Diddley Is Jesus 00:03:18

William Reid, Composer, Producer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Composer, Producer - John Loder, Producer

1988 Warner Music UK Ltd 1987 Warner Music UK Ltd

Album Description

Just a few years into their official recording career, the Jesus and Mary Chain had enough B-sides, outtakes, and other things sitting around to warrant a collection of nearly all of them, thus Barbed Wire Kisses. A welcome inclusion is the original debut single on Creation, "Upside Down," which in terms of the mix alone makes Psychocandy sound like Boston. Unfortunately the flip side cover of the Pink Floyd rarity "Vegetable Man" doesn't make it, but obvious inspirations the Beach Boys get saluted twice, once through a heavily thrashed-up cover of "Surfin' USA" that's pure Psychocandy in fidelity and impact, then again through a hilarious parody. "Kill Surf City" is pure Brian Wilson circa 1963 in melody, but the lyrics are something else again -- death, doom, destruction, and a bit of love here and there -- and the end result is a truly nutty combination. Another double tribute is given to Bo Diddley; his "Who Do You Love" becomes a low, menacing lope, echo cranked up high, while "Bo Diddley Is Jesus" just about says it all in the title, while of all bands, Can gets a nod via a cool live cover of "Mushroom." A single came with the whole thing as well, "Sidewalking," one of the band's best yet. Taking a T. Rex-styled glam strut and running it through their trademark clang'n'scrape feedback wringer, it's a monstrous track, the best song from the group since their Psychocandy days. A large number of tracks essentially continue the Psychocandy aesthetic without adding much to it, though those not entirely taken with Darklands will find much to love with the likes of "Head" and "Cracked." Meanwhile, two alternate versions of album cuts -- an acoustic take on "Taste of Cindy" and a neat demo take of "On the Wall" -- add to the fun. ~ Ned Raggett

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