Scottish Alt-Rock / Noise Pop heroes The Jesus & Mary Chain, led by brothers Jim and William Reid, had been around for a couple of years before releasing their brilliant debut album, 1985’s PSYCHOCANDY.
ROLLING STONE magazine once described PSYCHOCANDY as “bubblegum pop drowned in feedback,” rich with an influence from bands like The Beach Boys, The Rolling Stones and The Velvet Underground to name a few.
You can definitely hear that “bubblegum pop drowned in feedback” on the gorgeous gem, “Just Like Honey,” the opening song on PSYCHOCANDY. Released as the third single from the album, “Just Like Honey” reached No. 45 on the U.K. singles chart and prolly got its best exposure in the memorable last scene of the excellent 2003 Academy Award-winning film, LOST IN TRANSLATION, starring Bill Murray and Scarlet Johansson, and written, directed and co-produced by Sofia Coppola.
NERDY FUN FACT: If the opening drum riff of “Just Like Honey” sounds familiar, it’s because it’s borrowed from the opening drum riff of The Ronettes’ 1963 classic, “Be My Baby,” which has been borrowed or mimicked in several other songs, including Billy Joel’s 1981 live hit, “Say Goodbye To Hollywood.”
Sadly, drummer Bobby Gillespie left the band just before PSYCHOCANDY was released, but luckily he already had most of drums for the album recorded. One day I’ll feature PSYCHOCANDY in full on the blog, but for now, I’m happy to highlight the very sweet “Just Like Honey,” 3 minutes and 2 seconds of Alt-Rock perfection…