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When the Jesus and Mary Chain first started up back in the 80s, to say they were an unpredictable band was an understatement. Their music, loud and noisy, threw together sludgy, Stooges-esque guitar playing with the sweet melodies of 60s girl groups in a way that was unheard of. Their shows, that would sometimes barely making the thirty minute mark, usually ended in massive riots and they were subsequently banned from many concert halls and clubs. Their biggest single, “Some Candy Talking,” was banned from daytime British radio for its supposed references to heroin. In essence, they were the epitome of rock music at the time and, again at the time, one would of expected them to have broken up forever.
Not so. They’re 2008 reunion tour was a smash, featuring a sub-headlining slot at Coachella, and their profile has only increased amongst younger bands looking to bring some noise and danger to their music. Now, for a band that used to only play for thirty minutes, they’re pushing thirty years and releasing a box set in celebration.
According to Pitchfork, the package is set to be released on December 2nd and will feature all six of their studio albums, a live recording (recorded from various shows in 1992-1995), their various BBC sessions (from 1984-1998), B-sides and rarities, a 32-page booklet of interviews and photos and a poster. The aforementioned B-sides and rarities will be selected by fans through a Facebook competition. The box set has no American release date, but rest assured there probably will be one in the near future.