At last! A re-issue of The Brian Jonestown Massacre LP which prompted the spat between our very own Phil Leigh and Brian Jonestown Massacre leader Anton Newcombe which culminated in the latter very accurately labelling the former a 'grumpy little tit'. Re-live that moment whilst listening to the album Phil described rather inaccurately "a bit like every period of Primal Scream on one album".
Vinyl Double LP £15.99 AUK020LP
180g black vinyl repress 2LP on 'a' Recordings.
CD £10.99 AUK020CD
CD on 'a' Recordings.
After years of hating the BJM, thinking they were total tosh, I finally gave in with 'My Bloody Underground' and thought they were pretty good. I started to see the fuss. Subsequent releases have been so so with the odd decent track here and there but let's say it's all been reasonably patchy.
The opener to 'Who Killed Sgt Pepper' starts off sounding like Transglobal Underground with it's early 90s ethnic beats. After that the fuzzy psyche rock reappears and hangs about until 'Lets Go Fucking Mental' where you can hear Anton has actually done this as he chants "Let's Go Fucking Mental" for far too long in his best cockney accent. This is what happens when you take too many drugs and drink too much booze in Iceland...
There are some interesting moments on the album and it really veers from style to style and never particularly stays in one place. Which is why on first listen this sounds like a compilation of lots of different bands...either that it's multiple personalities all shining through. Actually it sounds a bit like every period of Primal Scream on one album. It's an album which falls somewhere in between ambition and ridiculousness. I'm unsure...
10/10 Charlie Mayer 23rd October 2016
This is another perfect 10 that the BJM have put out and are re-issueing. Anton, I love your music and complete DIY mentality, you've done what most people are too afraid to do. Thanks for putting this one out again too! Every track flows seamlessly to the next, and the whole record is a piece of art, from the sleeve to the lyrics to the actual vinyl. Saw BJM at Desert Daze, and they were just amazing, playing songs from the old days and from their upcoming album. I just think it is fucking cool that Anton posted here the truth about how this is a 10/10 record, stuff like this is why the Brian Jonestown Massacre is and always will be my favorite band. Rock on, Anton!
10/10 anton alfred newcombe
phil check this out buddy-your best thinking has you working at a record shop in leeds mate...don't need your fucking thoughts on my art that has me doing whatever the fuck i want anywhere in the world,an ltd in the uk with full time employees and paying tax to the uk and supporting my family.you fucking grumpy tit.enough said.anton alfred newcombe
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