Psychocandy and Darklands, albums that quickly became cornerstones of the rapidly coalescing alternative-rock scene. By dialing back the noise a bit and sharpening the hooks to a razor’s edge, on 1989’s Automatic they created an all-time classic full of traits vital to the very best rock and roll: catchy-ness, melancholy and a little danger. Jim and William Reid’s brotherly rows and chemical appetites quickly became as legendary as their songs, and the legend grew until the band ultimately imploded on tour supporting 1998’s Munki. Time hasn’t so much mellowed the Reids, who reunited JAMC at Coachella 2007 and delivered a memorable set at Day For Night 2016, as it’s given them a taste of the remarkable legacy they’ve created — which, as heard on the band’s first studio album in nearly 20 years, this spring’s Damage and Joy, turns out to be as addictive as any other drug.
In the mid-1980s, Scotland’s The Jesus and Mary Chain submerged a melodic sweet tooth in a haze of deafening feedback and driving percussion on