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Author:  Trev [ Fri Dec 13, 2013 6:40 pm ]
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I first heard this record in 1986. I was 16.

Who cares if it repeats a little? Who cares that the bands detractors sneer that they never followed it up with anything worthwhile? (They did, but that's a different post). This record kicks, screams, punches and bites like a feral youth that's been forced fed energy drinks. I've been playing this record for the past 27 years. Constantly. It doesn't get old. It doesn't even sound less threatening and brilliant with each passing year. The band crafted something beautiful and awe inspiring with their limited 'technical' skills. This is a record that a musician couldn't even dream of making.

Side 1
1. "Just Like Honey" 3:03
2. "The Living End" 2:16
3. "Taste the Floor" 2:56
4. "The Hardest Walk" 2:40
5. "Cut Dead" 2:47
6. "In a Hole" 3:02
7. "Taste of Cindy" 1:42

Side 2
1. "Never Understand" 2:57
2. "Inside Me" 3:09
3. "Sowing Seeds" 2:50
4. "My Little Underground" 2:31
5. "You Trip Me Up" 2:26
6. "Something's Wrong" 4:01
7. "It's So Hard" 2:37

Watch this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zK2nJWNgZBA

The band were aiming high too. They weren't happy to be an 'indie' band. They were on the cover of Smash Hits and No.1 as well as the weekly inkies.

Author:  SPT [ Fri Dec 13, 2013 6:43 pm ]
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Very purist. Even my dodgy old cassette version (which literally fell apart) had Some Candy Talking snuck in at the end of side 1.

Author:  Trev [ Fri Dec 13, 2013 6:45 pm ]
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SPT wrote:
Very purist. Even my dodgy old cassette version (which literally fell apart) had Some Candy Talking snuck in at the end of side 1.


Ruins the LP, that.

The only way to hear the record was as it was made.

(got my deluxe 12" boxset today, and thankfully SCT has been banished from the vinyl)

Author:  Bovine Juice [ Fri Dec 13, 2013 6:47 pm ]
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I remember hearing Never Understand as a single and thinking W-O-W. I went off them a tad after that though.

Author:  KevW [ Fri Dec 13, 2013 6:50 pm ]
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I actually think some of the later stuff is as good. Far Gone And Out, Sometimes Always, Cracking Up... it's just that this was the first and possibly most consistent.

Author:  SPT [ Fri Dec 13, 2013 6:53 pm ]
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Trev wrote:
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Ruins the LP, that.


Hmmm. All I know is that, back in the day, I was glad to have it without having to find and shell out for the single. I can still remember buying Psychocandy from Selectadisc when it was up on Bridlesmith Gate. Them was the days.

Author:  Trev [ Fri Dec 13, 2013 6:53 pm ]
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KevW wrote:
I actually think some of the later stuff is as good. Far Gone And Out, Sometimes Always, Cracking Up... it's just that this was the first and possibly most consistent.


I'd agree it was the most consistent. The only record of theirs that, for me, has aged a little badly is 'Automatic'.

On the Mary Chain forum we spent years making the best version of Munki from the songs released on it and B sides at the time. Basically narrowing it down from the 21/22 songs released at the time to a 14 song album.

Author:  Trev [ Fri Dec 13, 2013 6:54 pm ]
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SPT wrote:
Trev wrote:
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Ruins the LP, that.


Hmmm. All I know is that, back in the day, I was glad to have it without having to find and shell out for the single. I can still remember buying Psychocandy from Selectadisc when it was up on Bridlesmith Gate. Them was the days.


Yeah, there is that, but as a whole it sounds 'wrong' as part of the album - cracking tune though. But it's not part of Psychocandy for these ears.

Author:  Trev [ Fri Dec 13, 2013 7:03 pm ]
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and yeah, my version of MUNKI would look like this:

Side One

1. I Love Rock N Roll
2. Birthday
3. Stardust Remedy
4. Fizzy
5. Moe Tucker
6. Hide Myself
7. Cracking Up

Side Two
1. Supertramp
2. Never Understood
3. I Can't Find The Time For Times
4. Man On The Moon
5. 40,000K
6. Rocket
7. Dream Lover

Author:  milchman [ Fri Dec 13, 2013 8:14 pm ]
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Great album!
The Edsel double CD reissue of Psycho Candy has this picture featured quite prominently in it's packaging. Some of you might recognise the blighter reaching his right hand out towards the stage.

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Author:  Trev [ Fri Dec 13, 2013 8:19 pm ]
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Have seen that pic before but never clocked that was you Milchy.

My first time seeing them was when I was 17. Bristol. A bus ran from Swansea. Like they used to do when BIG ROCK BANDS toured. Me and the then girlfriend went. We got battered on cheap booze on the way up. She kinda passed out just as The Mary Chain were coming on the stage - a mate grabbed me as I was bombing down to the front and said your girlfriend passed out. I carried on towards the front. Awww, the flushes of young love.

The Mary Chain were fucking rubbish that night. I've since seen them 25 (or more) times. I was hooked.

Author:  KevW [ Fri Dec 13, 2013 8:26 pm ]
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milchman wrote:
Great album!
The Edsel double CD reissue of Psycho Candy has this picture featured quite prominently in it's packaging. Some of you might recognise the blighter reaching his right hand out towards the stage.

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I wouldn't have got that one even if you had a white square over your face!

Author:  Bovine Juice [ Fri Dec 13, 2013 8:28 pm ]
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Actually that would have been brilliant if you had done the white square routine on the pic.

Author:  milchman [ Fri Dec 13, 2013 8:29 pm ]
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Several pictures by Andrew Caitlin from this gig at the Ambulance station appeared in the press. I'm in most of them. Here's a couple more:

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Author:  Bola [ Sat Dec 14, 2013 9:43 am ]
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Great album. I first saw that around this time - My interest in them waned after Darklands but thanks to SPOTIFY Trev I have listened to, enjoyed and purchased the most of the back catalogue in physical form in the past year.

The vinyl package is a tad too far for me though as I have the best ones (or the ones I condier the best) on vinyl already!

Author:  jimgibb [ Sat Dec 14, 2013 2:19 pm ]
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Its a great record but I haven't listened to it in a decade, whereas Darklands is a top ten of all time for me and gets a regular airing

Author:  Trev [ Sat Dec 14, 2013 2:45 pm ]
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jimgibb wrote:
Its a great record but I haven't listened to it in a decade, whereas Darklands is a top ten of all time for me and gets a regular airing


Love them both, I play Psychocandy more often though.

Author:  panistefanin [ Mon Oct 02, 2017 1:00 pm ]
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Author:  lukenlow [ Wed Nov 01, 2017 3:07 pm ]
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I always liked to look at these photos, if there is an opportunity, invest more, thanks!

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