Psychocandy is the 1985 debut of Alternative Rock band The Jesus and Mary Chain and the Trope Maker of Noise Pop. The album combines the band's love of Phil Specter-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. It was placed at #268 on Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
- "Just Like Honey" - 3:03
- "The Living End" - 2:16
- "Taste the Floor" - 2:56
- "The Hardest Walk" - 2:40
- "Cut Dead" - 2:47
- "In a Hole" - 3:02
- "Taste of Cindy" - 1:42
- "Never Understand" - 2:57
- "Inside Me" - 3:09
- "Sowing Seeds" - 2:50
- "My Little Underground" - 2:31
- "You Trip Me Up" - 2:26
- "Something's Wrong" - 4:01
- "It's So Hard" - 2:37
The CD version also includes "Some Candy Talking" between "Taste of Cindy" and "Never Understand".
This album provides examples of:
- Alternative Rock
- Face on the Cover: The Reid brothers, taken from a shot from the "Just Like Honey" video.
- Meaningful Name: "Psycho" refers to the harsh noise and "candy" refers to the Pop melodies underneath it.
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Much of the album goes up to 7-8 due to the feedback.
- Noise Pop: The album that kicked off the genre.
- Perishing Alt-Rock Voice: Trope Codifier with Jim's breathy, sleepy voice.
- Shoegazing: Ur-Example with its combination of dense walls of guitar noise, foggy atmospheres, and pop melodies.
- Standard Snippet: The distinct "dum du dum tsch" drum beat that kicks off "Just Like Honey" was originally a Shout-Out to The Ronettes' "Be My Baby," but has since been used by just about every indie rock band.
- Three Chords and the Truth: Underneath the noise, the music is very simplistic, sometimes not even bothering with a third chord. As described in the booklet included in The Power of Negative Thinking, the Reid brothers were more concerned with the feel of the music than technical ability.