The Jesus And Mary Chain’s Jim Reid: ‘I wouldn’t rule out ‘Psychocandy’ 25th anniversary show’

Although the frontman admits 'it's a very hard record to play live'

The Jesus And Mary Chain‘s Jim Reid has said he “wouldn’t rule out” playing their debut album ‘Psychocandy’ in full.

Next month sees the 25th anniversary of the release of the group’s 1985 studio effort – along with the release of new best of ‘Upside Down’ on November 15 – although the frontman admitted that if the band did perform it live, it would be “very hard”.

“As far as [playing] ‘Psychocandy’ is concerned, I wouldn’t rule it out,” Reid told The VPM. “But the truth of the matter is, it’s a very hard record to play live. Christ only knows how we managed to do it all those years ago, but we probably didn’t! We were probably just so drunk that we thought we did.”

Although now a hugely influential album, Reid said that the band had a number of things they wanted to change about the record.

“We wanted to make changes to ‘Psychocandy‘ within a matter of days after completion,” he admitted. “It’s like that with any record you make, it can never be perfect, you always want to keep changing things and tinkering with it. You just have to kind of draw the line somewhere because this doesn’t really make it better – it just makes it different from what it would have been.”

He added: “Looking back on ‘Psychocandy’ now it’s a bit like looking at an old photograph of ourselves or something, it crystallizes exactly what we were about at that point in time, but of course we change, but the record doesn’t.”