May 1, 2010

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(Jesus and Mary Chain - the 90s were going to get interesting)

From the Electric Ballroom in London, this 1988 concert featuring the Jesus and Mary Chain generally pointed the direction the post-punk, quasi-shoegaze, alternative/Indie movement was heading. And it was promising to be loud.

Jesus and Mary Chain were a Scottish outfit who achieved a good deal of notoriety (critical as well as notorious) in Britain and Europe but, as always, not much notice in the U.S. at the time. The American audiences were still in the process of digesting U2 and getting ready for the advent of Grunge. Jesus and Mary Chain would have to wait their turn.

But if you were sampling bands in 1988, you may have heard them. If not, this is what you missed the first time around.

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