- "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 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.