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The Jesus and Mary Chain Appeared on Stephen Colbert

This is pretty impressive. For the Jesus and Mary Chain to appear on a major television show, you would have to assume that there's a pretty good public relations push behind the band. This is something that is getting harder and harder to find nowadays because music labels aren't really pushing guitar rock.

I'm going to track down video of this when it becomes available. In the old days, the Reid brothers would show up drunk, trash the place, turn in a diffident performance, and slink away with their rock and roll integrity in place. They were banned from the BBC for years. They plowed their way through shows in fifteen minutes, cursed everyone, and walked off. But they did come to realize that even that was not quite the way to do things. They changed and evolved. That's why I like this new record so much--there's the snarling attitude and there's that essential guitar sound, but it's in a better place.

Now, they show up and do the real rock and roll thing--play like they're on fire and give people what they want. There's a little bit of both in rock and roll--not giving a shit sometimes is exciting to watch, but a solid performance doesn't hurt, either.

Times, they have a-changed.