Princeton University Library Catalog

Psychocandy / Paula Meija.

Author:
Mejia, Paula [Browse]
Format:
Book
Language:
English
Published/​Created:
[London: Bloomsbury, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2016, , ©2016]
Description:
xii, 124 pages ; 17 cm.
Series:
Summary note:
The Jesus and Mary Chain's swooning debut Psychocandy seared through the underground and through the pop charts, shifting the role of noise within pop music forever. Post-punk and pro-confusion, Psychocandy became the sound of a generation poised on the brink of revolution, establishing Creation Records as a tastemaking entity in the process. The Scottish band's notorious live performances were both punishingly loud and riot-spurring, inevitably acting as socio-political commentary on tensions emergent in mid-1980s Britain. Through caustic clangs and feedback channeling the rage of the working-class who'd had enough, Psychocandy gestures toward the perverse pleasure in having your eardrums exploded and loudness as a politics within itself. Yet Psychocandy's blackened candy heart center - calling out to phantoms Candy and Honey with an unsettling charm - makes it a pop album to the core, and not unlike the sugarcoated sounds the Ronettes became famous for in the 1960s. The Jesus and Mary Chain expertly carved out a place where depravity and sweetness entwined, emerging from the isolating underground of suburban Scotland grasping the distinct sound of a generation, apathetic and uncertain. The irresistible Psychocandy emerged as a clairvoyant account of struggle and sweetness that still causes us to grapple with pop music's relation to ourselves.
Bibliographic references:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 117-120).
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ISBN:
  • 9781628929508 (paperback)
  • 1628929502 (paperback)
  • (pdf)
  • (epub)
OCLC:
962058401
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