Between 1983 and 1998 The Jesus and Mary Chain undertook many line-up changes from their Creation debut single until their final album back on Creation in 1998. Although the band briefly reunited for some gigs a decade later, this family tree features all the changes from that intial 15 year run. Click on the banner below and use the arrow to zoom in.

Jesus and Mary Chain family tree

Many thanks to Julie Barber.

Screamadelica Box Set

With Primal Scream’s Olympia shows just days away, a host of announcements have been made to celebrate Screamadelica’s 20th anniversary.

First there is the collectors edition of the album housed in a 12″ circular box set, this will consist of four remastered CDs, including the original album as well as previously unreleased ‘Live in L.A. 1991′, a CD of the original remixes and 7″/12″ Mixes and a remastered version of the ‘Dixie-Narco EP’. Continue reading

Primal Scream - ScreamadelicaPrimal Scream are set to take their classic album ‘Screamadelica’ on the road after confirming a nationwide tour.

‘Screamadelica’ seems to sit on its own, as an almost unique album. Indie pop icons, Primal Scream had attempted to add some raw rock action to their sound but only succeeded in alienating their audience.

With their backs to the wall, Primal Scream were re-energised by Acid House. The scenes debauchery and ‘anything goes’ atmosphere shattered the way the band wrote songs, and provided renewed inspiration.

What emerged was a remarkable document which towered over anything produced by the Baggy scene. A cohesive mixture of dance and rock, Primal Scream hooked up with some top DJs and producers but kept true to their origins.

‘Screamadelica’ is one of the ultimate hymns to the midnight hour, blending country with soul, techno with house. A stunning document, the band are set to re-visit the album on some special shows later this year.

Playing two sold out dates at London’s Olympia, Primal Scream are set to take ‘Screamadelica’ on the road next year. Running throughout March, the 20th anniversary tour opens in Leeds on March 14th.

Moving across the country, Primal Scream are set to play Glasgow’s SECC on March 18th before finishing the shows in London’s Brixton Academy on March 25th.

Tickets are set to go on sale this Friday (October 1st).

Primal Scream have confirmed the following dates:

March
14 Leeds O2 Academy
15 Birmingham O2 Academy
16 Newcastle SECC
18 Glasgow SECC
19 Manchester Apollo
22 Brighton Centre
25 London O2 Brixton Academy

Source: ClashMusic

Bobby Gillespie
NME.com reports that Primal Scream frontman Bobby Gillespie has unveiled a unique one-off collaboration featuring members of the Sex Pistols and The Who.

The side project, entitled Silver Machine, have been announced to perform a special covers show at London’s 1234 festival in Shoreditch on July 24.

Sex Pistols bassist Glen Matlock, The Who and former Oasis sticksman Zak Starkey, plus Primal Scream guitarists Andrew Innes and Barrie Cadogan have signed up for the covers project.

The band will performing a collection of their favourite songs by The Troggs, MC5, Creation, Thr Flamin’ Groovies and The Chocolate Watch Band for the bash.

“We’re great and we can’t wait,” declared frontman Bobby Gillespie.

Festival director Sean McLusky added: “We did a show at the Whitechapel Gallery with S.C.U.M and a bunch of other artists, Bobby was playing and rocked ‘Wild Thing’ by The Troggs with Jamie Hince from The Kills, so I asked him if he would do more of the same at the festival, so now we have….The Silver Machine.”

Starting during the long hot summer of 1990 and ending in the spring of 1991, this chapter in Creation sees a massive drift in direction with dance explosion of the late 80′s now having a huge effect on the label. In the UK this was also a time of massive change with the Poll Tax Riot which eventually saw Thatcher get the boot, the beginning of the Gulf War and a general feeling of euphoria that the 80′s was over. Tucked away between the dance tracks are also some of the labels most famous singles by the likes of Primal Sceam, Ride, My Bloody Valentine, Swervedriver and Slowdive. Continue reading

Second mix featuring the singles in order of catalogue number, this chapter takes us from 1987 to 1990. This is where we first see the label dip its toes into the mainstream, firstly the House of Love and My Bloody Valentine grace the cover of the music papers in 1988 and then in 1990 Ride and Primal Scream give the label their first chart hits in the UK following the ‘Madchester’ explosion. Continue reading