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Album: Automatic
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Released: 1985
Length: 4:00
Plays (last 30 days): 1
As soon as I get my head round you
I come around catching sparks off you
I get an electric charge from you
That second hand living it just won't do

And the way I feel tonight
I could die and I wouldn't mind
And there's something going on inside
Makes you want to feel makes you want to try
Makes you want to blow the stars from the sky
I can't stand up I can't cool down
I can't get my head off the ground

As soon as I get my head round you
I come around catching sparks off you
And all I ever got from you
Was all I ever took from you

And the world could die in pain
And I wouldn't feel no shame
And there's nothing holding me to blame
Makes you want to feel makes you want to try
Makes you want to blow the stars from the sky
I'm taking myself to the dirty part of town
Where all my troubles can't be found
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It's funny.  I was in college in the early 80's and it seems Bill and I had the same Record/CD collections back then.  Psychedelic Furs, Violent Femmes, XTC, Roxy Music, Cure, Oingo Boingo,  ...  I could go on and on.  You hear 'em all here.  Thanks Bill!  Steve Tibbetts  Bill?
Saw these guys at the Paramount in LA in '94, just to see this song played live.....KILLER!!
I couldn't stand this lot when they were big(ish).  Now I turn them up whenever they come on.  Maybe I'm going soft.   
 jahgirl8 wrote:
Many may not realize the meaning of these well written lyrics. And great musical composition by the band. It's truly a work of art.
 
Weak and Thin. Back in 1985 and even more so now.
Many may not realize the meaning of these well written lyrics. And great musical composition by the band. It's truly a work of art.
 msymmes wrote:
Well this really sucks.  Instantly both my Son and I heard 'Born To Run'.     

I will give these guys a ZERO forever. Oh darn, I can only give them a ONE - no lower.

 
 

Funny, I like both tunes (this one wayyy more as it was part of my new wave musical upbringing) but have never made that connection.  Even sang both of them at Karoake bars.  Now I can't unhear the connection. 
Brings back memories of Fed Hall, University of Waterloo, 1985
I thought it was cool
-9, Teddy Picker imitation almost David Bowie. And that's not a compliment.
A JMC Pop Masterpiece. Incidentally, the song this borrowed from is neither Born To Run nor Temptation, it is New Order's Age of Consent, released 6 years prior. They seem to have borrowed the chord progression. No big deal. 
 msymmes wrote:
Well this really sucks.  Instantly both my Son and I heard 'Born To Run'.     

I will give these guys a ZERO forever. Oh darn, I can only give them a ONE - no lower.

 

 
To each their own, but I offer the onomatopoeia of passing gas on this comment. Because imo this track is solid rock and roll. 
{#Dancingbanana_2} Just enjoying the tune and not reading what naysayers are saying. {#Dancingbanana_2}
 msymmes wrote:
Well this really sucks.  Instantly both my Son and I heard 'Born To Run'.     

I will give these guys a ZERO forever. Oh darn, I can only give them a ONE - no lower.

 

 
OK, I can hear the similarity, but yet, if they played back to back I would still give this song at least a one point advantage over the Bruce's for being more fun and less contrived.

I kinda dug this.
I would be highly likely to change the channel if Born to Run came on.
Well this really sucks.  Instantly both my Son and I heard 'Born To Run'.     

I will give these guys a ZERO forever. Oh darn, I can only give them a ONE - no lower.

 
{#Bananajam}alright Bill!
They're doing a small tour in a couple of weeks, doing Psychocandy start to finish in honor of its 30th anniversary.
 
/old 
Summer of ''89.   And the Pixies cover this one.
 richlister wrote:

How can you agree more than agreeing? If the other yous in parallel univii all agree, then it could be possible. But on the other hand, there must be at least 1 universe where one of you wouldn't agree.

 
There is zero chance that I would disagree with rdo's sentiment on this song, and therefore no split from one universe to two or more universes as a result, and which means ultimately that every version of me in every version of the multiverse agrees! So really, when I said 1000x I was undertstating the matter by a lot.
 Ag3nt0rang3 wrote:

Agreed, agreed, 1000x agreed.

 
How can you agree more than agreeing? If the other yous in parallel univii all agree, then it could be possible. But on the other hand, there must be at least 1 universe where one of you wouldn't agree.
Oh how I long for The Pixies
 grant wrote:

Incorporated into many a 90's party tape.  Great tune from a great album.

 

I actually had a mix-tape with this song on it from about 20 years ago.  I always thought it was their best song.

They used to play it a bunch on 'XRT in Chi., but not anymore.  



But somehow, that abomination known as "The Logical Song" still gets trotted out with regularity...
 rdo wrote:
THE song that defined the word "alternative rock".......

 
Agreed, agreed, 1000x agreed.

Incorporated into many a 90's party tape.  Great tune from a great album.
THE song that defined the word "alternative rock".......
 Cynaera wrote:
Must. Dance. Now. {#Dancingbanana}
 

We miss you so much, Cynaera...

More Jesus & Mary Chain, please. 
I remember an interview with Jim Reid back in the 80's, complaining about the music world not recognizing their genius and being ahead of time. Who knows, maybe they will get full recognition some time in the future. 
{#Drunk}{#Meditate}{#Dance}{#Notworthy}
 agd3 wrote:
Probably not a 10, but had to do it since its been forever since some JAMC.  Play some Darklands, Stoned & Dethroned (Girlfriend), and of course some "Just Like Honey".  One of my favorite bands...and "everyone in my hotel room likes this song!"
 
Oh now don't you start!
Probably not a 10, but had to do it since its been forever since some JAMC.  Play some Darklands, Stoned & Dethroned (Girlfriend), and of course some "Just Like Honey".  One of my favorite bands...and "everyone in my hotel room likes this song!"
I don't even know what to say.....I guess...Thank you for this..
 romeotuma wrote:

I'm with you on that...  everybody in my hotel room is dancing right now...  love it...


 
 

Iggy Pop would be great after this
 Cynaera wrote:
Must. Dance. Now. {#Dancingbanana}
 


I'm with you on that...  everybody in my hotel room is dancing right now...  love it...


 
 aspicer wrote:
NOW we're talkin'!!!!!  Bring it! More Mary Chain would be a wonderful addition to RP!
  preach it!

NOW we're talkin'!!!!!  Bring it! More Mary Chain would be a wonderful addition to RP!
Must. Dance. Now. {#Dancingbanana}
knew this from the pixies, but jandmchain is culture
First I heard this,    excellent,,,, turn it up!!

A fav!  {#Whistle}


Bumping to a 9.  This is a good song, IMO.
Classic! {#Dancingbanana}

I was baptized Alternative in this amazing song


Skip this CD and go buy Psycho Candy, Automatic, and Barbedwire Kisses. That should do it just fine.
 alux wrote:
One was deservingly post-punk.
 
What, exactly, is post-punk? Anyways, this sounds like heavy Ramones to me.

 alux wrote:
Okay, dunderheads, time to get something clear:

J&MC and Billy Idol are on different planets. One was deservingly post-punk. The other was a poseur. You figure it out, this ain't rocket science.

 

While I wholeheartedly agree with this point, 100%, I just want to throw out there that Steve Stevens was no poseur, but a very talented guitarist, and this particular JMC song really does sound a LOT like his collaborations with Billy, long after Billy Idol was just a fading star...  

 ScottFromWyoming wrote:

Barbed Wire Kisses

 
You and rickhoran below are correct, Barbed Wire Kisses is the one. Thank you.

 Ag3nt0rang3 wrote:
You forgot their cover of "Who do you love?", which I think was on Psychocandy.
 
Barbed Wire Kisses

 Ag3nt0rang3 wrote:


You forgot their cover of "Who do you love?", which I think was on Psychocandy.

 

yes. thank you. but no, its not on the original psychocandy release (vinyl), i believe that was a single (12").

rickhoran wrote:
now for something to hear, listen to their versions of Surfin' USA, Little Red Rooster or their Kill Surf City or I Hate Rock and Roll or their great Some Candy release.
You forgot their cover of "Who do you love?", which I think was on Psychocandy.
JAMC was one of my favs in the 80's especially being a college kid loving feedback and distortion sound. to compare them to say, gee, i don't know, love and rockets is a stitch and a half. If you want to know where their sound comes from listen to velvet underground "White Light/White Heat" album. and i think a tribute from JAMC to Velvet Underground is "Sun Ray". (click here) now for something to hear, listen to their versions of Surfin' USA, Little Red Rooster or their Kill Surf City or I Hate Rock and Roll or their great Some Candy release. Now thats some way cool noise if you like feedback and distortion to the gills. And I love the Pixies but their version of this song is pathetic, i always skip it.
sjsartist wrote:
wasn't this song used in a movie? The Pixies version.
Totally F***ed Up (1993)?
alux wrote:
Okay, dunderheads, time to get something clear: J&MC and Billy Idol are on different planets. One was deservingly post-punk. The other was a poseur. You figure it out, this ain't rocket science.
I thought JAMC were between planets. But seriously, for those who don't know, this song is probably the most mainstream of anything I've ever heard from JAMC. The rest of this album (Automatic) is harder, some of it much harder (I'm thinking Sun Ray and a few other feedback-drenched bon-bons). And this is not even considered their best or most out-there stuff.

Love and Rockets anybody??
Something in this guy's voice reminded me of Paul Westerberg. Hmmm.
This is a great series! Thanks Bill. 11:43 am - The Jesus and Mary Chain - Head On 11:38 am - Led Zeppelin - Bron-y-aur Stomp 11:35 am - Lucinda Williams - Can't Let Go
man... one of those defining songs from my high school days... flashback...
hooray wrote:
Apply directly to the forehead.
Hilarious! That's exacty what I was thinking. Head on. ! !
wasn't this song used in a movie? The Pixies version.
horstman wrote:
Frank Black can belt this out world's better than this! Pixies rule.
Hearing the Pixies cover of this song was my entry to the Pixiverse. I dig the way they did it, but JAMC shows well by comparison. The fact that a band as formidable as the Pixies opted to cover it says a great deal about the originators of the tune.
horstman wrote:
Frank Black can belt this out world's better than this! Pixies rule.
It was a Pixes cover of JMC, but YOU ARE CORRECT SIR! Excellent bands on both counts.... I've got a fever and the only prescription is more Shoegazer ;-)
I'm new to this song, and I really like it!
Okay, dunderheads, time to get something clear: J&MC and Billy Idol are on different planets. One was deservingly post-punk. The other was a poseur. You figure it out, this ain't rocket science.
I can't wait to see these guys at Coachella this year. It's going to be AWESOME!!! :jump:
Nobody is cooler than the Jesus and Mary Chain...
nah...Billy Idol meets the Boss
Darkmatter wrote:
I just realized those two songs (Head on and Temptation) are quite similar both in sound and spirit alike. They remind me of the sensation you experience when you find out the person you fancy feels the same about you! :heartkiss:
Nice association. Agree! :dancingbanana_2:
:drummer: :motor: :jump: :dancingbanana:
The train just came off the track...damn, just when we were building up steam :-( C-R-A-P. Only thing worse than Billy Idol is a crappy attempt at Billy idol.
"Dancing with myse-helf... oh oh oh oh" :dance:
Coppertop wrote:
Billy Idol meets T-Rex
veegez wrote:
These dudes have chunks of guys like Billy Idol in their stool. (To steal from Phil Hartmann.)
Frank Black can belt this out world's better than this! Pixies rule.
Billy Idol meets T-Rex
Apply directly to the forehead.
heh great beat on this trakc... had my fingers pounding the table rather hard :p
grant wrote:
who did the original?
It was origionaly done by the Jesus and Mary Chain, on the album Automatic. The Pixies covered it on their album Trompe Le Monde.
LongGoneDaddy wrote:
The Pixies do a version of it, but I thought it was J & M Chain song...
Not sure. The Pixies version is the only one I know.
grant wrote:
who did the original?
The Pixies do a version of it, but I thought it was J & M Chain song...
Pretty good even though it's not the Pixies.
Funny. Song has same chord structure as Born to Run.
Smutty wrote:
I appreciate this version almost as much as the original!
who did the original?
I appreciate this version almost as much as the original!
:cowboy: :cowboy: :cowboy: :clap: :clap: :clap: :music: :music: :music:
:drummer: YES!!
OUTSTANDING!!! This was a minor hit, but it should have been HUGE!!! This song always got me going... :notworthy:
I like the song, and I like what the Pixies did with it. It is odd, though that they felt the need to do a cover at all, with their songwriting ability.
Hell Yeah! :clap:
Oh man, I had forgotten all about this song. Thanks for the memories! www.midnitcafe.blogspot.com
Does this ROCK?...or what?
the Jesus & Mary Chain wrote:
And the way I feel tonight I could die and I wouldn't mind And there's something going on inside Makes you want to feel makes you want to try Makes you want to blow the stars from the sky I can't stand up I can't cool down I can't get my head off the ground
New Order wrote:
Up, down, turn around Please don't let me hit the ground Tonight I think I'll walk alone I'll find my soul as I go home
I just realized those two songs (Head on and Temptation) are quite similar both in sound and spirit alike. They remind me of the sensation you experience when you find out the person you fancy feels the same about you! :heartkiss:
allez mange!
Rock on...Head on!
The Pixies broke out into this song in the middle of their set on this most recent "reunion" tour. It was great!!! :music:
'Makes you want to pull the stars from the sky!" Yeah, yeah, yeah...
Nuance wrote:
Saw them in Vancouver. This sounds way too pretty and produced compared to the snarling, screaming, feedback that they put out. Sounds more like Love & Rockets.
Love and Rockets, who also produce their fair share of snarling, screaming feedback in concert.
Saw them in Vancouver. This sounds way too pretty and produced compared to the snarling, screaming, feedback that they put out. Sounds more like Love & Rockets.
ScottFromWyoming wrote:
JAMC were a little long in the tooth by then, but I saw that tour too, at the Warfield in SF. Met up with some friends post-show (who had better seats) and all we all could say was "wow." Talking about NIN. JAMC were a known quantity and it was a great show but Trent just came out of nowhere and made a bunch of music snobs say "wow."
Agreed. Saw these two at the Mesa Amphitheater in Mesa, AZ. I already ownd Pretty Hate Machine, so was a little suprised to see the two bands touring together. NIN's sound was terrific that night and just worked the crowd into a frenzy. J&MC were excellent as well. One of the best shows I've ever seen. The very next week at the same venue, I saw Peter Murphy (don't know who opened, we were late). There's still an impact mark on the ground where my lower jaw hit! Fan-freakin-tastic!
snarf wrote:
I saw them when a little band called Nine Inch Nails opened. NIN had problems with their 'sonics' back then which they had worked out by the first Lollapalooza.
JAMC were a little long in the tooth by then, but I saw that tour too, at the Warfield in SF. Met up with some friends post-show (who had better seats) and all we all could say was "wow." Talking about NIN. JAMC were a known quantity and it was a great show but Trent just came out of nowhere and made a bunch of music snobs say "wow."
Dotman wrote:
dot saw this tour. who knew no one carded 13 yr olds. thinks he remenbers toad the wet sprocket opening. dot.
I saw them when a little band called Nine Inch Nails opened. NIN had problems with their 'sonics' back then which they had worked out by the first Lollapalooza.
ScottFromWyoming wrote:
Billy Idol wishes he was this cool.
No doubt! These dudes have chunks of guys like Billy Idol in their stool. (To steal from Phil Hartmann.)
I love the way that Amazon suggests that we buy religious music since we seem to like The Jesus and Mary Chain...
Great song from a great album ("Automatic"). "Between Planets" is an equally good track that would be good to see on the playlist.
If you want to compare, compare to the Ramones... They do themselves...
Wow, now I know where Blink-182 ripped the chords to that song of their\'s from.
Originally Posted by CompuTech: Another wannabe Billy Idol !! :frustrated:
Billy Idol wishes he was this cool.
Another wannabe Billy Idol !! :frustrated: Yeah, OK, so it grew on me......change it to an 8. :bounce:
Do they know it\'s Christmas afterall? Don\'t know why but it sounds like \"Feed the World\" to me.
Yes!!! Great song, more Jesus and Mary Chain! :bounce: :bounce:
ROCK!!!!!
Oh my goodness - I\'m back in college. It\'s not even that this is such a great song; it just has such a distinct sound. Very happy to hear it. :p
I felt a bit disappointed when I heard 21 singles because I didn\'t know the first J&MC albums. Anyway this song is quike likeable. :)
great band some of the more acoustic stuff off of \"Stoned & Dethroned\" would fit right in on RP
:clap: :clap: :clap: You can do it, Bill! I knew it! :D :clap: :D
dot saw this tour. who knew no one carded 13 yr olds. thinks he remenbers toad the wet sprocket opening. dot.
One of the greatest bands to come out of the 80's. "Head On" was one of their more recognized songs and one of the only J&MC songs to ever get air-play. The Pixies made it a little more mainstream when they covered this song on their 1991 release "Trompe le Monde". Here's to more J&MC on RP. Hopefully Bill will see the light and add some others that I've just uploaded.
Originally Posted by mike1g: This is a great song from a great band. I would love to hear something from "Psychocandy"
If you read any "best of the 80s" list, Psychocandy is right in there. That album was great.
This is a great song from a great band. I would love to hear something from \"Psychocandy\"
that\'s what i\'m talkin \'bout!!! Thanks Uploader!
YES YES YES.....perhaps the most underrated band of the 90\'s. JMC rocks...Makes you want jump around your office and smash stuff....They have a great tune with another RP fav...Hope Sandobal from Mazzy Star....