If anybody can knock Elliott Brood out of my head, it would be Primal Scream
If you've got an ohrwurm imbedded in your brain, you need something that is the complete opposite to dislodge it. Not that any of Elliott Brood songs are really ohrwurms, mind you, because that usually connotes an irritating song, and Elliott Brood are anything but, but after a while it does drive you crazy when you can't stop listening or thinking about certain songs, regardless of how good they are.
And happily, it just so happens that we made a long overdue trip to our local used record store yesterday, where we found Primal Scream's Evil Heat, A Jesus and Mary Chain cd of b-sides called Barbed Wire Kisses, and Morrissey's Vauxhall and I - for a grand total of $25.00.
Evil Heat is a grand cd. I started listening to a song called Detroit and thought, holy crap that sounds like the JAMC, and sure enough Jim Reid was doing the vocals. And haha also guesting on Evil Heat are, among others, Robert Plante and Kate Moss. Kate Moss? WTF! She must have been there for the drugs. Although Eva claims that she and Bobby Gillespie have the same bone structure and that's how they met.
It was total bargain day, yesterday, as I also found a really cute top at Value Village for $6.00. Except I thought it was $4.00, so initially I felt a little ripped off. However, I spent all the money I had saved on an NME and a MOJO, with Thom Yorke featured on the cover looking particularly evil and demented as it is taken at a very myspacey angle.
All of a sudden, the Jesus and Mary Chain are all over the place again. They recently received the MOJO Maverick Award, which only Jim showed up to receive. He was presented the award by former bandmate (and now Primal Scream frontman), Bobby Gillepsie and Primal Scream bassist, Douglas Hart - the first time that group of fellows have shared a stage in 20 years.
There's a really surreal group photo in MOJO with Jim Reid (now looking like a mild-mannered geography teacher, as opposed to the crazy haired guy on the left) standing in the back row beside - but 5 feet from - Bobby Gillespie, who looks like a malnourished 12-year old boy in an rather unfortunate-looking striped golf shirt, and who is in turn standing beside Nick Cave, who is looking like nothing less than an escapee from a mental institution, with that weird fu manchu moustache he has been sporting since he has taken up writing western screenplays.
Elton John is quoted as saying "You wouldn't think that I like the Mary Chain, but I love them".
And Jim Reid said, upon accepting the award "No offense to MOJO, but I thought it was gonna be a room above a pub with a crate of beer and everybody going, 'I like your record'."
I notice that five of the JAMC albums are being remastered and rereleased. Hmmm, so why the sudden resurgence of interest in the Jesus and Mary Chain all of a sudden? You would think that the record company executives have been reading this blog or something, wouldn't you? But that sort of paranoia will get you in the loony bin.
Still though, it makes me feel rather like a trend setter. Next thing you know grey hair and wrinkles will be fashionable.
So just in case you've got a song you need removed from your head, here's Primal Scream to give you a leg up. Sorry, I can't seem to imbed still, so you'll have to click below to hear. My apologies for the extra clickage, but you won't regret it.