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11 covers of "Just Like Honey"
February 3, 2012 3:01 PM   Subscribe


 
Such a damned good song. Thanks for reminding me!
posted by Thorzdad at 3:07 PM on February 3, 2012 [1 favorite]


Wasn't "14 Covers of Just Like Honey" an alternate title for Psychocandy?
posted by lefty lucky cat at 3:18 PM on February 3, 2012 [9 favorites]


I really liked Psychocandy, and this is a great song, but I always wonder if I'm alone in thinking the production of that album didn't age well. It's so...faded and breathy or something. I'd be interested to hear a re-mastering of the album with a different balance.
posted by Hoopo at 3:18 PM on February 3, 2012


"The Power of Negative Thinking" (b-sides, demos, live, etc) has a copy of the original 1984 demo. Good song, but doesn't even crack the top ten of great songs by the Reid brothers. I burned out three copies of the Automatic cassette in 1990..
posted by mark242 at 3:19 PM on February 3, 2012 [2 favorites]


Wasn't "14 Covers of Just Like Honey" an alternate title for Psychocandy?

It's not even the best song on the album (for me Never Understand wins that distinction, YMMV)
posted by Hoopo at 3:22 PM on February 3, 2012



It's not even the best song on the album (for me


You Trip Me Up
posted by philip-random at 3:26 PM on February 3, 2012 [1 favorite]


Gods, I love the youtube rabbithole. I somehow found this needs-to-be-seen-to-be-believed video just a few clicks away froma cute teenage girl singing a J&MC cover.
posted by item at 3:27 PM on February 3, 2012 [1 favorite]


From a later album, but: Head On.
posted by Ian A.T. at 3:35 PM on February 3, 2012


Wasn't "14 Covers of Just Like Honey" an alternate title for Psychocandy?

Not to mention several Raveonettes albums!
posted by escabeche at 4:01 PM on February 3, 2012 [1 favorite]


Taste of Cindy, too (can't find the original on YT for some reason). Re. the album - the vinyl was great. The CD remaster was not so good, very muffled. They could be very good live too - this was pre-Internet days, you had no idea what you were going to see, and half the music press hated them, so you took a chance. But at the time it seemed like a pure distillation of rock and roll.
posted by carter at 4:14 PM on February 3, 2012


Other opinions: Lost in Translation didn't emotionally earn the right to play this song. The best song on Psychocandy is "Never Understand" or "My Little Underground" or "The Hardest Walk." Keep Shelly in Athens, who I'd never heard of before this comp, are kind of great.
posted by escabeche at 4:20 PM on February 3, 2012 [1 favorite]


and btw Taste of Cindy is about 1:42 long
posted by carter at 4:22 PM on February 3, 2012


I like how the versions by We Are Enfant Terrible and The Spruce Campbells could both be described as "What would the Jesus and Mary Chain have sounded like if they knew one or two more chords?"
posted by escabeche at 4:24 PM on February 3, 2012


I'm a heathen who prefers Darklands to Psychocandy
posted by Slothrup at 4:59 PM on February 3, 2012


Keep Shelly in Athens, who I'd never heard of before this comp, are kind of great.

They are; I like their brand of Balearic pop meets chillwave. If you get a chance to hear Fokionos Negri Street, it's worth a listen.
posted by acb at 5:00 PM on February 3, 2012


"Just Like Honey" is an absolute gem.
posted by Legomancer at 5:01 PM on February 3, 2012


Btw, what's with the gauzy semi-nude shots of the same model on all the cover artwork? I'm getting flashbacks to 1990s Black Tape For A Blue Girl records.
posted by acb at 5:01 PM on February 3, 2012 [1 favorite]


I love playing the Ronettes - Be My Baby
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2g_FD_sYazk&feature=related

Just Like Honey

and Black Tambourines - By Tomorrow
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RM86g6cYKb4

in a row to hear the evolution of that sound over the years. Beautiful songs every last one.
posted by Palindromedary at 5:40 PM on February 3, 2012


It's not even the best song on the album

Agreed. The Living End is the long overlooked gem of that album.
posted by googly at 7:13 PM on February 3, 2012


This was our wedding song, much to my mother's dismay.
posted by thenewbrunette at 7:30 PM on February 3, 2012


But wasn't Just Like Honey (and pretty much all the rest of Jesus and Mary Chain) basically a cover of this?
posted by stargell at 8:21 PM on February 3, 2012 [1 favorite]


Boy, they were great live but that album was shitty and pretty much every album they put out, likewise. I can intellectually understand bands that are good live but shitty in the studio or great in the studio but shitty live, but the sheer number of bands that fit each of those categories just makes me hate music. Fuck. Really.
posted by padraigin at 8:33 PM on February 3, 2012


that album was shitty

I dunno, there's plenty to like about it but the mix is kinda weird. I still think it could be tweaked into something that sounds better.
posted by Hoopo at 10:16 PM on February 3, 2012


It's not even the best song on the album

Agreed. It's called The Hardest Walk.
posted by daniel_charms at 10:29 PM on February 3, 2012


I remember hearing there were vacuums (or perhaps, Hoovers!) running in the background while they recorded.
I loved that album. Must dig out ol 80s vinyl collection next visit home.
posted by chapps at 11:16 PM on February 3, 2012


It's so...faded and breathy or something.

It's a feature. Not a bug.

Boy, they were great live but that album was shitty and pretty much every album they put out, likewise.

Totally disagree. In every possible way.
posted by blucevalo at 12:06 AM on February 4, 2012


Boy, they were great live
1985, UEA Norwich, arrive, wait two hours, crowd getting restless, fights kicking off all over, band come on, play 25 mins, fucking loud, bass player with back to crowd for entirety, leave stage, don't come back, mini-riot, battle your way out.

They were shit live, but the 'experience' was great.
posted by niceness at 2:04 AM on February 4, 2012


J&MC. Love them. I remember covering Lollapalooza for my defunct zine and hanging out backstage. Chris Cornell and Zach De La Rocha were chatting and I sneaked into the porta potty to smoke some hitters. It was fucking hot, close to 100 with the humidity just raging. Jim and William were lying in the sun outside their bus, both wearing black jeans, long sleeved black t-shirts, boots, and black hats. That's dedication man.
posted by tr33hggr at 6:54 AM on February 6, 2012


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