The Second British Invasion Music Series — The Brit Box, Disc 1, Track 8, “April Skies,” by The Jesus and Mary Chain

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April Skies,” by The Jesus and Mary Chain, is the 8th track on the first disk of The Brit Box.

Tidbits:

The Jesus and Mary Chain (originally called The Poppy Seeds and then Death of Joey) are a Scottish alternative rock band formed in East Kilbride in 1983. The band revolves around the songwriting partnership of brothers Jim and William Reid. After signing to independent label Creation Records, they released their first single “Upside Down” in 1984. Their debut album Psychocandy was released to critical acclaim in 1985… The band went on to release five more studio albums before disbanding in 1999. They reunited in 2007.

The band’s second album, Darklands, released on August 31, 1987, was recorded almost entirely by the Reids themselves, replacing live drums with a drum machine. “April Skies” is the 6th track (first song of side B) on the album and written by the Reids.

I like the distorted guitar combined with the pretty melody, telling the timeless tales of love pleading and grieving at love lost.

From the band’s website:

OUT NOW
To celebrate the opening of Third Man Records London, our first 7″ single release since 1998, on Third Man Records is now available to buy. Featuring 3 tracks ‘The Living End‘, ‘Teenage Lust’ and ‘Cracking Up‘ recorded live at the Fox Theatre in Detroit, 22/10/18. Special Limited Edition Yellow vinyl only available from Third Man Records London store and Black Edition available from Third Man Records and from all good record stores.

Hey honey what you trying to say
As I stand here
Don’t you walk away
And the world comes tumbling down
Hand in hand in a violent life
Making love on the edge of a knife
And the world comes tumbling down
And it’s hard
For me to say
And it’s hard
For me to stay
I’m going down
To be by myself
I’m going back
For the good of my health
And there’s one thing
I couldn’t do
Sacrifice myself to you
Sacrifice
Baby baby I just can’t see
Just what you mean to me
I take my aim and I fake my words
I’m just your long time curse
And if you walk away
I can’t take it
But that’s the way that you are
And that’s the things that you say
But now you’ve gone too far
With all the things you say
Get back to where you come from
I can’t help it
Under the April skies
Under the April sun
Sun grows cold
Sky gets black
And you broke me up
And now you won’t come back
Shaking hand, life is dead
And a broken heart
And a screaming head
Under the April sky

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12 Comments Add yours

  1. Now we’re talking

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Glad I finally dinged the bell for you. Please say more 🙂

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      1. J&MC were one of those bands that taught me that the most exciting heaviest challenging music wasn’t dressing up as metal but just as discordant. They squealed and fuzzed on the early records but there was deep pop roots at the core of so many songs. April Skies shows their hand entirely as tunesmiths but sits alongside the noisy stuff and the mess very nicely

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Ah! Good to know! I appreciate your analysis.

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          1. My company bought me tickets to see them as a thank you for 5 years of service. It was a phenomenal show

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  2. memadtwo says:

    Another good selection. (K)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you and glad you like it, K.

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  3. Devon Brock says:

    Woot – Jesus and Mary Chain. Lucky enough to catch them on the Psychocandy tour. They were so loud and the feedback was earsplitting. My ears rang for a week. Glorious. Thanks for the memories.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Devon, hi! So awesome you saw/heard them live. There’s nothing like hearing good music live. You are welcome for the memories 🙂

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  4. Oh, I like this tune. Cool sound and decent singing! The name The Jesus and Mary Chain doesn’t ring a bell at all, so I guess it’s first time I hear of them. Great pick! 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much, Christian, glad you like their sound.

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  5. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    I found this band a few months ago looking for alternative…good sound.

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