Give It Back! by The Brian Jonestown Massacre

Ah what would we do without the Brian Jonestown Massacre. We'd have two or three fewer records to sell per week that's what we'd do. The latest is a re-issue of their 1997 record Give it Back. This is the one they were working on around the time Dig! was filmed ("man, you broke my Sitar!"). It also is the only BJM album to feature future the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club member Peter Hayes.  

Vinyl Double LP £17.49 AUK006LP

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Give It Back! by The Brian Jonestown Massacre
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9/10 Nathon 29 August 2013

Ah, good memories! Been a while since I sat down to listen to this one in its entirety. A shame: it holds up extremely well.

First released in 1997 after their mammoth 'three albums in six months' 1996 spree, Give It Back probably represents the peak of the BJM’s 'vintage', 60s-drenched sound. Leaving aside the simply-fucking-brilliant opener ('Super-Sonic') there are virtually no traces of their shoegaze-y past still in evidence here, and aside from a few very minor hints (such as the opening bars of 'Number 1 Hit Jam') there’s very little to indicate the more experimental turn they took a few years later with And This Is Our Music.

Nope, this one is all about what would become BJM standards: 'Whoever You Are', 'Satellite', 'This Is Why You Love Me', 'Servo', 'Not If You Were The Last Dandy On Earth', etc. All of which is is fine by me.

If you’re already a BJM aficionado then you'll know all this already, like, and the only real reason for wanting it is because it's out on vinyl at last. Blue vinyl, no less, if that floats your boat.

But on the slim chance that you’ve heard about the BJM but haven’t yet actually heard them (and want to) then this is a great album to start with. Indeed, the only reason I'm not giving this a stone-cold 10/10 is because I have always hated one of the songs on here ('Sue').

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