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The album art, showing Jim (left) and William Reid (right) on the set of the "Just Like Honey" video

"We already had learned that kind of thing worked. If you could listen to "The Black Angel's Death Song" on the same record as "I'll Be Your Mirror," it worked then. So it's going to work again."
Jim Reid, discussing Psychocandy's contrast of noise and Pop ("psycho" and "candy") with Under the Radar Magazine, September 2015

Psychocandy is the debut album by Scottish Alternative Rock band The Jesus and Mary Chain and the Trope Maker of Noise Pop. It was released in 1985 through Blanco y Negro Records (in conjunction with Reprise Records in the US). The album combines the band's love of Phil Spector-ish "Wall of Sound" Pop with Velvet Underground and Einstürzende Neubauten's head-crushing noise, plus Jim Reid's Trope Codifying Perishing Alt-Rock Voice and a Punk Rock attitude of not giving a damn.

The record is considered the band's defining masterpiece. Along with Noise Pop, the album was instrumental in the development of Shoegazing, and it continues to be a pillar of Indie and Alternative music to this day.


Side One: A
  1. "Just Like Honey" - 3:03
  2. "The Living End" - 2:16
  3. "Taste the Floor" - 2:56
  4. "The Hardest Walk" - 2:40
  5. "Cut Dead" - 2:47
  6. "In a Hole" - 3:02
  7. "Taste of Cindy" - 1:42

Side Two: B

  1. "Never Understand" - 2:57
  2. "Inside Me" - 3:09
  3. "Sowing Seeds" - 2:50
  4. "My Little Underground" - 2:31
  5. "You Trip Me Up" - 2:26
  6. "Something's Wrong" - 4:01
  7. "It's So Hard" - 2:37

CD reissues also include "Some Candy Talking" (3:19) between "Taste of Cindy" and "Never Understand".

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