The Jesus and Mary Chain

Just Like Honey

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With its "Be My Baby" drum beat that sounds as if it is crying out from a torture chamber, this feedback and drone-soaked, Phil Spector wall-of-sound-gone-sour number opened the Jesus & Mary Chain's important 1985 debut album, Psychocandy. The early single and "buzz saw guitar" number was a defining track for brothers Jim and William Reid and the noise pop genre. Its refrain is a sweet as sugar "just like honey" with a high background vocal attached; the line preceding it is a bit more harsh: "Eating up the scum is the hardest thing for me to do." Sweet irony is the name of the Mary Chain's weird game; drink it in and it goes down just fine.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 1985 Beggars Banquet
Psychocandy 1985 Rhino 3:01
21 Singles 2002 Rhino 2:33
Left of the Dial: Dispatches from the '80s Underground 2004
Various Artists
Rhino 3:01
Zack and Miri Make a Porno [Music from the Motion Picture] 2008
Original Soundtrack
Bulletproof / Verve 3:00
Original Album Series 2010 Warner Music 3:02
The Other Side of the 80's [Rhino] 2016
Various Artists
Alt Rock [Rhino]
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Music 3:02
Chilled Indie
Various Artists
Rhino 3:02
Indie Chill
Various Artists
Rhino 3:02