Autumn Watch
Those of you who are based in the UK will possibly be familiar with a nature show on BBC2 called Autumn Watch. The show features Chris Packham as he observes the changes of the season within the countryside. Chris is also a big music fan and last series managed to namecheck lots of songs by The Smiths. This series his theme seems to be the Jesus and Mary Chain and so far he has managed to drop ‘The Living End’, ‘Head On’, ‘Happy When It Rains’ and ‘Nine Million Rainy Days’ into his observations.

Last year Chris also made cue cards featuring record sleeves and included ‘Psychocandy’ amongst them and describes the album as “the greatest debut of the ’80s? The soundtrack of my life” on his blog.

The show goes out at 8.30pm BBC2 on Thursday evenings, however those of you based in the UK will also be able to watch the previous shows on the BBC iPlayer.

You can find out more about the show and watch previous episodes by clicking here. If any of you spot any other Mary Chain songs on the show feel free to keep us updated by posting in the comments box below.

Jesus and Mary Chain frontman Jim Reid today appeared on 6Music’s ‘The First Time’ show.

The broadcast which lasted an hour can be listened to for the next 7 days in the UK on the BBC 6Music website by clicking here.

In the show Jim Reid talks about his influences and first encounters with music and plays tracks by David Bowie, The Beatles, Velvet Underground and The Jam. He also talks about his relationship with fellow band mate and brother William Reid and reveals the 2007 Coachella gig was the first time he had played live sober.

Artrocker

In other Mary Chain news, the band are cover stars on the latest edition of Artrocker which includes a free cd with a track by the band.

You can order the latest copy of Artrocker by clicking here.

The Jesus and Mary Chain
November 1st marks the 25th anniversary of the release of Psychocandy, the Jesus & Mary Chain’s debut album.

To celebrate Jim Reid has given an interview to the Von Pip Musical Express where he talks about the album comparing it to “an old photograph” and the backlash they recieved after their initial success. He also answers the inevitable question if the band will celebrate the anniversary by playing the album at some live dates… “I wouldn’t rule it out, but the truth of the matter is it’s a very hard record to play live.”

To read the full interview click here.

The band recently released a 2CD ‘best of’ which you can get for a mere £4.99 by clicking here.

Upside Down - The Best of The Jesus & Mary Chain

The Jesus and Mary Chain release a 44 track ‘best of’ next week. Alongside all the obvious tracks you’d expect, the album also features two rare tracks including the 2008 recording of “All Things Must Pass” (recorded for the NBC TV programme “Heroes”) and “45 RPM” (previously only available on a long-deleted mid-90s XFM compilation). Continue reading

Back in the late 80’s there was briefly a magazine called ‘Underground’ in the UK and never a month went by when Creation weren’t featured. Below is an interview with Alan McGee from early 1988, the text of which i’ve featured on the site before but this time I decided to make a playlist up of tracks featured in the interview. Continue reading

Phil Wilson of The June Brides

Phil Wilson, ex-lead singer of the June Brides and solo Creation artist has today selected 10 tracks that he feels highlight the influences that shaped the sound of both C86 and Creation Records.

Here’s what he had to say “This is merely my view of what are the best bands that seem to me to be prime influences on early Creation and the C86 movement. Here goes!” Continue reading