The Jesus and Mary Chain’s debut album, Psychocandy, gets all the accolades as the band’s definitive set, but my awakening to the Scottish alt-rockers didn’t really arrive until 1992′s Honey’s Dead. For me, there’s still no topping the album’s industrial Wall of Fuzz, with Flood and Alan Moulder assisting the brothers Reed behind the board.
So I’m stoked that someone today would also think enough of Honey’s Dead to tackle one of its tracks. Dum Dum Girls leader Dee Dee Penny (no stranger to covers) has teamed with shoegazing songstress Tamaryn as Les Demoniaques to cover The Jesus and Mary Chain’s “Teenage Lust.”
Serving as Les Demoniaques’ debut single, the duo strips back much of the original’s sludge-and-trudge, coming off as distant angels rather than participatory devil (ironic, considering their moniker’s meaning). But Dee Dee and Tamaryn insert just enough sonic wobbliness to show reverence to the song’s roots. Hear here:
Remastered and expanded reissues of six Jesus and Mary Chain albums are coming this fall.
Purchase Les Demoniaques – “Teenage Lust” (The Jesus and Mary Chain cover) via iTunes.